Anti-whaling activists 澳大利亞反捕鯨團體公布日本捕鯨視頻

更新時間 2014年 1月 10日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間14:23
A southern right whale

A southern right whale swimming in the ocean

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澳大利亞反捕鯨組織人士說他們跟隨的日本捕鯨船隊日前在南冰洋進行捕鯨活動,已經有至少4條鯨魚被宰殺。他們還說這些鯨魚是在「鯨魚避難所」區域內被宰殺的。以下是 Jon Donnison 從悉尼發來的報道:

The anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says its boats are following five Japanese
ships. The group released video footage apparently showing three dead whales on
board, as well as a heavily bloodied deck where another whale appears to have been butchered.

Sea Shepherd says the whales were killed within the internationally designated Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. There is a worldwide ban on the commercial fishing of whales but the Japanese maintain their whaling is for scientific research, which falls outside the ban.

Last year Australia took Japan to the International Court of Justice in an attempt to force it to cease whaling. A decision on the case is expected later this year. But environmentalists here have criticised the Australian government for not doing enough to stop the Japanese.

Quiz 聽力測驗

According to the report, which country does the whaling ships belong to?

Japan.

Which ocean do activists claim the whales were killed in?

The Southern Ocean.

True or false? There is a worldwide ban on killing whales for scientific research.

False. There is a worldwide ban on the commercial fishing of whales but the Japanese say whaling for scientific research is outside the ban.

How did Australia try to stop Japanese whaling?

It took Japan to the International Court of Justice to try to force it to cease whaling.

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