In December, Japan announced that it would withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 2019, meaning that it would stop whaling in the Antarctic Ocean but resume hunting whales for commercial purposes in its own waters in 2019. Now, the country is keeping its controversial promise.
On Monday morning, The Guardian reported that five harpoon-laden ships left Kushiro in northern Japan, and three whaling vessels departed Shimonoseki in southwestern Japan. Mere hours later, two grey minke whales were brought ashore. The Kushiro vessels are projected to kill 227 whales in total, including minke, sei, and Bryde’s whales.