At the end of March, Japan's whaling fleet returned from the Antarctic, having killed 333 whales. Japan says it hunts the animals for scientific purposes
while its opponents claim it is a cover for commerical whaling as the meat is subsequently sold for food. In 1982, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) adopted a moratorium on commercial whaling, though member nations can issue "Scientific Permits" to their citizens.
Unfortunately, despite the moratorium, there is still no end in sight for whaling. According to the IWC, 1,697 whales were killed in 2015/16 by traditional, commercial and scientific whaling. Japan isn't alone
in hunting the animals; Norway and Iceland also continue whaling while hunts are also organized in the Alaska and the Faroe Islands.