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article imageWorst season for Japanese whaling industry

By Kristin Denault     Apr 6, 2013 in Environment
Sydney - Operation Zero Tolerance becomes the most successful whale protection campaign to date, reports the international anti-whaling organization Sea Shepherd.
Sea Shepherd Australia says the Japanese Institute for Cetacean Research has released the numbers of whales harvested for the 2012/2013 season.
According to the report, the Japanese Institute for Cetacean Research took just under 10% of their identified quota. The group says that the intended catch had been identified as 50 humpback whales, 50 fin whales and 935 minke whales. The Japanese whaling fleet is reported to have killed 103 minke whales, taking no humpback or fin whales.
“Sea Shepherd Australia is elated that we have delivered the worst season to date to these whale poachers from Japan. These poachers have shown a complete disregard for cetacean life, human life and Australian and International law. By targeting protected and endangered whales in a whale sanctuary and risking massive oil spills in the pristine Antarctic wilderness, they are showing the world their contempt for ocean life and for the global community who has consistently called for an end to whaling," said Jeff Hansen, Sea Shepherd Australia Director.
The Sea Shepherd ships and crew commenced their campaign in November 2012 in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
Sea Shepherd says that Operation Zero Tolerance is the organization’s most successful campaign against whale hunting to date.
"Nine years ago on Sea Shepherd's first Whale Defense campaign the lives of 85 whales were saved. At the conclusion of the 9th Antarctic campaign, that number has increased 11-fold to 932…It is a definitely an epic moment in Sea Shepherd's history, however it is an even bigger one for the whales. Never has the sanctuary been more peaceful,” said Captain Siddharth Chakravarty.
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