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U.S. condemns Japanese whaling practices

11/17/2006

WASHINGTON — Japan's resumption of what it calls scientific whaling drew a complaint from the U.S. on Thursday.

The Japanese whaling fleet left port Wednesday, and Japan has announced it will kill up to 935 minke whales and 10 fin whales for research purposes.

"The United States views the current Japanese research plan as unnecessary for managing the whales in question. Almost all research objectives can be achieved by using nonlethal techniques," said Bill Hogarth, U.S. commissioner to the International Whaling Commission.

"We are very concerned that this scientific whaling program … is a further expansion of lethal research on Antarctic minke whales and fin whales," said Hogarth, who is also director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service.

Just two weeks ago the United States and several other countries issued a protest to Iceland's decision to resume commercial whaling.