New Zealanders seek to study Antarctic whales

By RAY LILLEY
Associated Press
Published: Monday, February 08, 2010
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Researchers set sail from New Zealand last Tuesday to study whales off Antarctica without killing them — an open challenge to Japan’s killing of up to 1,000 whales a year in the name of science.

Japan has a six-boat whaling fleet in Antarctic waters as part of its scientific whaling program, an allowed exception to the International Whaling Commission’s 1986 ban on commercial whaling. Opponents claim Japan’s program is commercial whaling in disguise, with the whale meat sold for food in Japan.

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