Commercial Whaling in Japan Resumes, Despite a Lukewarm Market

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6 months ago Japan withdrew from the International Whaling Commission with the intention to resume commercial whaling in Japanese waters.

Today, this took effect, with Japanese boats setting sail to the high seas. They returned with their prize: 2 massive dead Minke whales, sent off in trucks, ready to be butchered for commercial use.

The resumption appears to be an attempt by the Japanese Government to revive a dying market. So will this cause an increase in whale deaths, or will the decreased demand for whale meat spell the end of commercial whaling?

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