Japanâ€™s whaling fleet has once again sets sail for Antarctic, on a mission to brutally slaughter whales. Letâ€™s call it what itâ€™s actually is and not "scientific research", like Japan calls it.
But this time itâ€™s a little different. This year they have decided to go big and brutally murder around 1000 whales. Thatâ€™s the largest whaling mission Japan has ever done. Included in that amount are 50 humpback whales. That means that Japan will break a 44-year ban on hunting humpback whales.
This decision has already sparked loud protests from environmental groups and governments around the world. Especially the UK, Australia and New Zealand have sharply criticised Japan.
Labor, the opposition party in Australia has suggested that if they are elected in the Australian federal election this Sunday they will track down Japans whaling fleet using their military.
Greenpeace will, once again, try to track down the whaling fleet and disturb their hunt as much as possible. Karli Thomas, expedition leader onboard the Greenpeace ship Esperanza says that "the whaling fleet must be recalled now. If it is not, we will take direct, non-violent action to stop the hunt".
Sea Shephard has also set sails to try and track down and stop the whaling fleet. Captain Paul Watson says that they â€œneed to find and intercept these vicious killers as soon as possible. Every day of searching will cost the lives of whalesâ€.