International Fund for Animal Welfare
Although condemned internationally, Japan renewed whaling in the Southern Ocean, killing 333 animals, including 200 pregnant females.
Japan says its whaling program is legal under international law because it's for scientific purposes and it plans to kill over 300 minke whales this season in Antarctica.
The Fur Institute of Canada's plan would call for the killing of about 140,000 seals.
A Japanese official said mounting international criticism of the nation's whaling program is 'environmental imperialism.'
Despite its plan being rejected by the International Whaling Commission, Japan seems likely to go ahead with a plan to kill nearly four thousand whales over the next 12 years.
A recent report suggested there were 33,000 protected animals—or animal parts—for sale on the internet, so I set off to find out if that was true.
Rare animals are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine for supposed health benefits, and are also consumed as a mark of status.