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Japan reduces ‘scientific’ whaling quota

The Japanese government has produced its latest whaling research programme in the Antarctic Ocean, but environmental groups remain sceptical.

The draft plan, released on 18 November, sets a target of killing 333 whales a year as part of a 12-year programme to study the marine environment.

The proposal is intended to replace Japan’s previous research programme, which was halted by a ruling of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the Netherlands, in March. According to the court, that programme—which called for 950 whales to be captured annually—abused a scientific exemption set out in the 1986 moratorium on whaling.

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