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So why did a fleet from one of the countries that signed on to the agreement just kill over 300 minke whales?
Japan has killed 333 minke whales—including more than 200 pregnant females—as part of this year’s Antarctic whale hunt, according to the country’s Institute for Cetacean Research.
Despite the global outcry against Japan’s whale hunt, minke whales are not threatened with extinction.
This is happening even as ice-dependent minke whales struggle, and Adelie and chinstrap penguin numbers plummet at nearby colonies.
Japan’s whaling fleet last year reported killing 333 minke whales, with plans to cull about 4,000 whales over the next 12 years under a quota set by the Institute of Cetacean Research in Tokyo.
Iceland, too, hunts minke whales for profit—even though Icelanders are eating less whale meat than ever before.
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First Known Use: 1939See Words from the same year
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