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Australia; whale; japan; emotionl propaganda; whaling pictures; moratorium on whaling; ICRW
A photo of an adult minke whale and her calf being towed up the rear ramp of a Japanese factory processing ship in Antarctic waters prompted headlines including: "They call it science".
"When I saw the photos, I just felt a bit of a sick feeling as well as a sense of sadness," Environment Minister Peter Garrett said. One image showed what appeared to be the young whale's intestine spilling from an explosive harpoon wound.
"They're calling it science, but really it's killing whales," Garrett said.
The government had initially refused to release images to avoid angering Japan, the country's second biggest trade partner.
Despite a moratorium on whaling, Japan is allowed an annual "scientific" hunt, arguing whaling is a cherished tradition and the hunt is necessary to study whales. Its fleet plans to hunt almost 1,000 minke and fin whales this Antarctic summer.
Australia has sent a fisheries and customs patrol ship to the Southern Ocean to gather photo and video evidence...