Why Won’t Japan Stop Illegally Hunting Whales?

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In 1986, a worldwide moratorium was imposed on commercial whaling, yet countries like Japan continue to kill the whales. So why does Japan still hunt whales?

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Japan told to halt Antarctic whaling by international court
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/31/japanese-whaling-halt-antarctic-international-court
“The International Court of Justice has ordered a temporary halt to Japan’s annual slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean after concluding that the hunts are not, as Japan claims, conducted for scientific research.”

Japanese whalers leave harpoons at home as they head for Antarctic
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/06/japanese-whalers-leave-harpoons-home-antarctic
“Japanese whalers will set out for the Antarctic this week, but will leave their harpoons at home after the United Nations’ (UN) top court ruled last year their annual hunt was illegal, the government said Tuesday.”

Japan vows to resume Antarctic whale hunt for ‘science’ next year
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/japan-vows-to-resume-antarctic-whale-hunt-for-science-next-year/2014/11/26/5133884c-73f2-11e4-95a8-fe0b46e8751a_story.html
“Critics of Japan’s whaling practices are guilty of “eco-imperialism” for trying to impose their beliefs on countries that hunt and eat whales, Japan’s pointman on the issue said Wednesday.”

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