Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Harpoonless Japanese whalers heading for Antarctic: govt

Tokyo (AFP) - Japanese whalers will set out for the Antarctic this week, but will leave their harpoons at home after the United Nations' top court last year ruled their annual hunt was illegal, the government said Tuesday.

The Japanese Fisheries Agency said the Institute of Cetacean Research plans to conduct non-lethal research on whales until March 28.

As the research does not involve catching whales, harpoons have been removed from the vessels, the agency said.

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