First the US, now the EU
A week ago, the US government officially asked Japan to stop their hunt of humpback and fin whales. A few days later, the European Union took Japan to task as well. The official word from the EU is that there are already sufficient research methods to learn about whales. Therefore, a Japanese hunt for research purposes is an unnecessary waste of money, manpower, and wildlife. The EU is especially concerned because humpback whales are considered endangered. Despite the protests of both international delegations, the Japanese fleet left harbor, and continues toward their hunting grounds.