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Japan slaughters 122 pregnant whales for ‘scientific research’

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MORE than 120 pregnant females and 114 juveniles were among hundreds of whales slaughtered in Japan’s latest hunt in the Antarctic, prompting condemnation and calls for international action.

According to a report from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Japanese research vessels harpooned, killed and autopsied 333 Antarctic minke whales during an annual hunt last summer.

Researchers set out to acquire data on the age, size and stomach contents of minke whales in the South Ocean between Australia and Antarctica, the report said.

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