1 Jul 2019

Japan set to resume whaling, IWC could collapse

From First Up, 5:20 am on 1 July 2019

Japan's move to resume commercial whale hunting after a 33 year ban has sparked concerns that it could lead to the collapse of the International Whaling Commission. Japan has now left the Commission and as of today can begin issuing permits for commercial whaling despite international criticism. Japan can only hunt within its legal territory and its fisheries department has said it will only target species it doesn't consider as endangered. Professor Liz Slootin says there are now fears other countries may follow suit.