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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Japan Killing Pregnant Whales

It looks like Japan is killing for two now.

More than half of about 500 whales killed by Japan in Antarctic waters during the last southern summer were pregnant, the Humane Society International (HSI) charged Tuesday.

The global arm of the US-based animal welfare group said the figure was based on a review of Japan's own reports on the latest annual hunt, which Tokyo says is carried out for scientific research purposes.

Of the 505 minke whales killed, 262 were pregnant, while one of the three fin whales killed was also pregnant, HSI said.

Australians, take note of the outlook for the next hunt...

Based on their past hunting grounds, we expect 90 percent of the hunt [in Antarctic water] to be conducted within the Australian Whale Sanctuary, and a large proportion of the females to be pregnant," HSI said.

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