Japan to End Whaling Hiatus With New Research Hunt in Antarctic

November 30, 2015 5:00 AM

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Japan to End Whaling Hiatus With New Research Hunt in Antarctic

Japan plans to renew its research hunt for whales in the Antarctic, ending an almost two-year hiatus prompted by an international court ruling that its killing of whales couldn’t be justified for scientific purposes.

The fleet will set out on Dec. 1 and seek to take 333 whales in a study set to last into early March, Japan’s Fisheries Agency said in a statement on its website. That would be about a third of the previous research whaling target of 1,000.

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