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Japan Restarts Commercial Whaling

日本重启商业捕鲸

Japanese hunters killed at least two whales Monday in the first commercial whale hunt in more than 30 years.

周一,日本捕鲸者在时隔三十多年后的首次商业捕鲸中杀死了至少两头鲸鱼。

Japan stopped commercial whaling in 1988 after the International Whaling Commission, or IWC, banned the killing of whales. However, last December, Japan said it would leave the IWC on June 30.

在1988年国际捕鲸委员会(IWC)禁止捕杀鲸后日本人停止商业捕鲸。然而,去年十二月份,日本称它要于6月30日退出国际捕鲸委员会。

Japan has long disputed the idea that whales are endangered. Even with the ban in place, for years Japan continued to hunt whales for what it said was scientific research. However, critics have long said Japan was not truthful about its purpose. They argued that the activity was commercial because Japan sold the meat collected from the hunts.

日本长期以来日本一直质疑鲸鱼濒临灭绝的观点。即使有禁令存在,日本常年来继续以科学研究的理由继续捕鲸。然而,批评家长久以来一直称日本没有坦诚其捕鲸目的。他们辩论称这属于商业性活动因为日本出售了从捕猎中获得的肉。

In the 2017-2018 whaling season, Japanese sailors killed 333 whales in Antarctic waters. More than 120 of them were pregnant females.

在2017-2018年鲸鱼季,日本水手在南极海域捕杀333头鲸鱼。其中120多头是处于怀孕中母鲸。

The whaling ships sailed Monday from the port of Kushiro, on the northern island of Hokkaido. They will hunt in Japanese waters for three sorts of whales: minke, sei and Bryde's.

周一捕鲸船从北海道北部岛屿的钏路港出海。他们将在日本专属海域捕猎三种鲸:小须鲸、塞鲸和布氏鲸。

Japan's return to commercial whaling has caused international criticism.

日本重启商业捕鲸引起了国际批评。

Kitty Block is president of Humane Society International. She was angry about Japan's decision and said it is “undermining” its international image for a product that is no longer in demand.

吉蒂·布洛克是国际人道协会的主席。她对日本的决定很气愤并表示这是在为了一种不再有需求的产品逐渐降低日本的国际形象。

Whaling is a very small industry in Japan. Government data says that whale accounts for 0.1 percent of meat eaten in the country. The industry employs a few hundred people.

捕鲸业在日本属于很小的一个产业。政府数据显示,鲸鱼只占国家肉类消费的0.1%。这个行业雇佣了几百人。

But some experts say Japan's move might help some whales because it will mean that Japan will stop hunting whales in the Southern Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean and other sensitive areas.

但是一些专家表示日本的这一举动可能会帮助到一些鲸,因为它意味着日本将停止在南大洋、北冰洋和其他敏感地区的捕鲸行为。

Japan's Fisheries Agency set a limit of 227 whale kills for this year. Japan caught as many as 1,200 whales a year in the name of scientific research.

日本的渔业署将今年捕杀鲸的配额定为227头。日本以科学研究的名义每年捕猎鲸数达1200头。

Patrick Ramage is the head of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. He welcomed Japan's move. He said, "What we are seeing is the beginning of the end of Japanese whaling."

帕特里克·拉梅奇是国际爱护动物基金会的主席。他对日本的举动表示欢迎。他说“我们要看到的是日本捕鲸业走向结束的开端。”

I'm Caty Weaver.

凯蒂·韦弗为您报道。

Japan Restarts Commercial Whaling

Japanese hunters killed at least two whales Monday in the first commercial whale hunt in more than 30 years.

Japan stopped commercial whaling in 1988 after the International Whaling Commission, or IWC, banned the killing of whales. However, last December, Japan said it would leave the IWC on June 30.

Japan has long disputed the idea that whales are endangered. Even with the ban in place, for years Japan continued to hunt whales for what it said was scientific research. However, critics have long said Japan was not truthful about its purpose. They argued that the activity was commercial because Japan sold the meat collected from the hunts.

In the 2017-2018 whaling season, Japanese sailors killed 333 whales in Antarctic waters. More than 120 of them were pregnant females.

The whaling ships sailed Monday from the port of Kushiro, on the northern island of Hokkaido. They will hunt in Japanese waters for three sorts of whales: minke, sei and Bryde's.

Japan's return to commercial whaling has caused international criticism.

Kitty Block is president of Humane Society International. She was angry about Japan's decision and said it is “undermining” its international image for a product that is no longer in demand.

Whaling is a very small industry in Japan. Government data says that whale accounts for 0.1 percent of meat eaten in the country. The industry employs a few hundred people.

But some experts say Japan's move might help some whales because it will mean that Japan will stop hunting whales in the Southern Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean and other sensitive areas.

Japan's Fisheries Agency set a limit of 227 whale kills for this year. Japan caught as many as 1,200 whales a year in the name of scientific research.

Patrick Ramage is the head of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. He welcomed Japan's move. He said, "What we are seeing is the beginning of the end of Japanese whaling."

I'm Caty Weaver.

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Words in This Story

commercial – adj. related to or used in the buying and selling of goods and services

undermine – v. to make (someone or something) weaker or less effective usually in a secret or gradual way


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