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Friday, December 21, 2007

Japan Drops Plan to Kill Humpback Whales

Looks like the pressure is getting to them. Good.

Japan has suspended its first humpback whale hunt in seas off Antarctica since the 1960s, the government said Friday, backing down in an escalating international battle over the expansion of its hunt.

Japan dropped the planned taking of 50 humpbacks — which have been off-limits to commercial hunting since 1966 — at the behest of the United States, the chair of the International Whaling Commission, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura.

"The government has decided to suspend hunts of humpback whales while talks to normalize IWC is taking place," Machimura said, adding the suspension would last a year or two. "But there will be no changes to our stance on our research whaling itself."

But, they'll go ahead and keep lying about their phony "research" program. I hope people and countries keep hounding them to give up this barbaric practice.

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