The Japanese government has announced that a mission dispatched to kill 50 Humpback whales for scientific research has been halted, as a result of worldwide criticism and pressure.
Japan dispatched its whaling fleet last month to the southern Pacific off Antarctica in the first major hunt of humpback whales since the 1960s. Commercial hunts of humpbacks have been banned worldwide since 1966, and commercial whaling overall since 1986.
The fleet was to kill 50 humpbacks for scientific research. But the plan generated immediate criticism from environmental groups, which oppose the hunts to begin with but were outraged by the inclusion of humpbacks because they are so rare.
We love scientific research as much as the next Asian, but we have to applaud the choice to hold back on our beloved endangered species. Whale played!
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