Whale hunting: Japan under pressure

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Whale hunting: Japan under pressure

17 August 2019
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Japan insisted Friday that it no longer whales, an endangered species, in international waters, but is accused of violating a wildlife treaty by allowing the marketing of stocks of killed whales in the past years.

CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) concluded last October that Japan had violated the treaty and ordered it to remedy the situation under penalty of trade sanctions.

The treaty-making and compliance committee rejected Japan's claims that the killing of some 1,500 North Pacific fin whales since 2002 was not scientific