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Japan Imports Tonnes Of Whale Meat From Iceland, Greenpeace Says

Patrick Ramage, Director of International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Global Whale Programme, vis "No matter what, we oppose such shipments," he added. In December, Iceland said it had increased its 2014 quotas for whaling in a move likely to intensify international condemnation of the practice. Since it resumed whaling in 2006 despite an international moratorium, Iceland, along with Norway, has come in for furious criticism from environmental groups and some other countries. Icelanders eat little whale tape meat, and most of the catch is sent to the Japanese market. Japan also hunts whales, but qualifies the activity as scientific research, even though whale meat finds its way to its restaurants. In March, the United Nations' top court ruled the annual mission to the Southern Ocean by Japanese whaling vessels was a commercial hunt masquerading as science to skirt the international ban. Tokyo said there would be no hunting in the Southern Ocean in the 2014-15 season, but vessels would be there to carry out "non-lethal research". <br>Read more:

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