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300 whales caught in Japanese Antarctic hunt - WWF comment

Commenting on the news that a Japanese whaling fleet has caught more than 300 whales in the Antarctic, Heather Sohl, WWF Chief Adviser on Wildlife said:

“30 years since the international moratorium on commercial whaling came into effect, it is unacceptable that so-called scientific whaling is still putting whales, such as the 300 minke whales caught by Japan, at risk.

“The Southern Ocean is a vital area for marine life, home to species like minke and blue whales, seals, penguins and krill. It is under threat from manmade effects such as climate change and the risk of unsustainable fishing practices. It is essential that whaling under the pretence of science stops, and the Southern Ocean Sanctuary is respected once and for all.”

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