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Japanese fleet kills 177 whales

A fleet of Japanese whaling ships has returned to port in Tokyo with a catch of nearly 180 whales. The Japanese Fishing Agency said that the three ships had caught 43 minke whales and 134 sei whales.

Why does Japan continue the practice? Dan Damon has been speaking to Matt Collis, Director of International Policy at the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

(Photo shows: Fishermen slaughter a 10m-long bottlenose whale at the Wada port in Minami-bousou city in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo in 2006. Credit: Getty Images)

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