This year the japanese whaling fleet has a quota for 750 mink whales and 50 fin whales, which are endangered and on the CITES list of Endangered Animals.
Killing whales is extremely cruel, it can take up to 45 minutes before the gentle whale is dead.
In order to kill these animals, the whaling boats have to make enormous journeys far away to the Antartic. This costs a lot of fuel and is extremely polluting and contributes to global warming.
The Japanese whalers and Japanese governement call this yearly whale killing “scientific research” in order to make this a legal killing.
But outside Japan nobody believes this, not Marine Biologists, not other governemenst, not any people outside Japan.
Luckely for the whales there is the Sea Shepherd who are protecting the whales in the cold and far away Antarctica. And the governement of Australia is thinking about legal actions against this illegal killing of whales, because many of the whales are killed inside an australian whale sanctuary.