Japan suggests that mass whaling is for scientific reasons but has now voted in favour of a smaller catch quota after the UN court ordered a halt. This would be a huge step in the right direction. Let's hope they keep their word and that other countries (Iceland and Norway) follow suit.
The research whaling is needed to assess whether whale stocks are recovering from overfishing, Japan has said. Whaling was once widespread around the world but Japan is now one of only a handful of countries, including Iceland and Norway, that keep it up on a large scale.