The Japanese money money maker
Japan has been the most active of the traditional whaling nations to use the scientific research provision of the international treaty on whaling to continue killing the marine mammals and retain a market for their meat. Japan has taken more than 13,000 whales since the start of the moratorium, saying its research can only be conducted by lethal means.
Japan took a total of 866 whales in 2006/07 season:
3 Southern Hemisphere fin whales,
508 Southern Hemisphere minke whales,
197 North Pacific minke whales,
51 North Pacific Brydes whales,
101 North Pacific sei whales,
6 North Pacific sperm whales.
Norway broke the moratorium in 1993 and resumed commercial whaling. Since
then they have taken over 6,879 minke whales under objection.
(Stats provided by WWF)