Earth & Conservation

Can Japan Kill Whales in the Name of Science?

Japan and whaling have a long history and a controversial present. See how Japan whalers can legally hunt today due to this little loophole.

Japan and whaling have a very long history, and a very controversial present. Japanese whalers operate today in defiance of international law, and in the face of wide condemnation.

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They do have a justification for their whaling...but it's shaky; it's based on a legal technicality; and it explains a lot about why rest of the world is so angry at Japan.

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