New Zealand asks Japan to stop hunting humpbacks
The government of New Zealand is asking Japan to drop plans to kill 50 humpback whales later this year. The request came two days ago, and was made in light of the assistance New Zealand provided to a damaged Japanese whaling vessel hunting in the Antarctic last February. New Zealand also provided medical care for an injured member of the Japanese crew. New Zealand's Conservation Minister, Chris Carter, said Japan's plan to kill the humpback whales as part of their "scientific whaling program" would generate "enormous hosility" worldwide, and requested the hunt be suspended as a gesture of goodwill.
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