Whaling indiscriminately

Published: Saturday 15 March 2008

-- (Credit: AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMS SERVICE)This image of a minke whale and a calf being dragged on to a Japanese whaling ship is just one of a sequence showing the mammals being chased and slaughtered in the Antarctic Ocean, say Australian custom officials who tracked the vessel for a month. Releasing the pictures, the Australian environment minister said the 'distressing pictures' would help the fight against whaling. Anti-whaling groups say the pictures proved that Japan was 'indiscriminately' killing the mammals. Meanwhile, flouting an international moratorium, Norway has also set a commercial whaling quota of 1,052 minke whales for 2008.

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