Japan Lifts 30-Year Commercial Whaling Ban - Claims It's A 'Cultural And Nutritional Necessity'

The country plans to resume commercial whaling in its own waters as early as July
'The world's oceans face multiple threats' (Photo: Sea Shepherd)

Japan has lifted its 30-year commercial whaling ban and plans to resume the activity next month - describing it as a 'cultural and nutritional necessity'.

Last year, the country pulled from its commitment to the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which banned the activity back in 1986.

Yoshihide Suga, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary, slammed the IWC for being 'too focused on whale conservation and not sufficiently interested in developing a sustainable whaling industry'.

In a statement, Suga said: "In its long history, Japan has used whales not only as a source of protein but also for a variety of other purposes... Engagement in whaling has been supporting local communities, and thereby developed the life and culture of using whales."

The decision was blasted by environmental-organization Japan Greenpeace who urged the government to 'recommit to the IWC and prioritize new measures for marine conservation'.

Environmental threats

"The world's oceans face multiple threats such as acidification and plastic pollution, in addition to overfishing," said Sam Annesley, Executive Director at Greenpeace Japan.

"As a country surrounded by oceans where people's lives have been heavily reliant on marine resources, it is essential for Japan to work towards healthy oceans. Japan's government has so far failed to resolve these problems."

According to Quartz: "A fleet of five vessels from six whaling operators in four prefectures are planning a ceremony with government officials to mark their new-but-traditional mission."

Sign up for our newsletter to get the best of Plant Based News delivered to your inbox weekly.
PBN Academy launches with a selection of simple courses on health and wellness, how to rise a child vegan, reversing type-2 diabetes with diet and more. Join free today

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself. 

Reuse this content
PBN Contributor:

Liam is a writer and poet from the north of England. His work has been featured in Gay Times Magazine, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post. He loves vegan mac and cheese more than anything else in the world.

(c) 2019 Plant Based News LTD. All Rights Reserved. Content must not be copied without permission.

Join the conversation

Since you're here...
Plant Based News is a FREE service that receives millions of views each week. This takes a lot of our personal time, money and hard work. But we do it because we KNOW it makes a difference. If those following our reporting helped by contributing, we could do even more. Please consider supporting us so we can create further awareness about animal rights, environmentalism, ethical consumerism and the plant-based lifestyle. Not a false narrative - but information that empowers people to make better choices.

It's World Vegan Day