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Targeting Mothers?

Volume LXI · No. 4 · Madeira, Portugal · Thursday June 25, 2009
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Humane Society International pulled an interesting bit of information from the gross “scientific” whaling scheme conducted by Japan in the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary: fully one third of the whales harpooned for the so-called science program were pregnant females.

The Humane Society said these figures show the “true, disgusting nature” of the whale hunt. Of 679 whales killed for the bogus Japanese science, 304 were females, and 192 were pregnant. At least four female whales were lactating, which means that their young babies were left behind to starve.

Said Kitty Block on behalf of Humane Society International: “The fact is this hunt is commercial, and killing pregnant females makes it all the more egregious.”