Captured short-finned pilot whales are seen on the deck of a whaling ship at Taiji Port in Japan's oldest whaling village of Taiji, 420 km (260 miles) southwest of Tokyo in this June 4, 2008 file ... more 
Captured short-finned pilot whales are seen on the deck of a whaling ship at Taiji Port in Japan's oldest whaling village of Taiji, 420 km (260 miles) southwest of Tokyo in this June 4, 2008 file photo. Japan's whaling programme in seas near Antarctica is not for scientific purposes, judges at the U.N.'s highest court ruled on March 31, 2014, agreeing with Australia that Tokyo should revoke permits to catch and kill whales for research purposes. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Files (JAPAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS SOCIETY ANIMALS) less 
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