Japan whaling vessels will be heading into the Antarctic in December to once again hunt for whales.
Last year the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society lost one of their own vessels after it sank during a collision with a Japanese vessel while protecting whales from a cruel death, even with the loss of a boat the groups efforts forced the fleet to return home with just one fifth of their quota.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society promises to be back in full force for the new season even as Japanese fisherman have promised to have more security on their side.
While whale hunting has been banned since 1986 Japanese officials have used a pathetic excuse that their killing of the species is for “research” purposes only.
According to the Associated Press:
Japan hopes to prove that enough whales exist to overturn the ban on commercial hunting. Sea Shepherd, meanwhile, is calling this year’s effort to stop the ships “Operation Divine Wind”—after Japan’s kamikaze suicide missions of WWII.
Do you think the entire practice of Whale hunting even for research purposes should be banned.