Australia is trying to stop Japanese “scientific” whaling on the grounds that the science is bogus. So it probably doesn’t help that prestigious United States and British academic institutions are publishing articles based on the results gleaned from the dead whales, as a Crikey investigation can reveal.
The only reason Japan can legally kill whales — as it is doing right now in Antarctic waters — is for scientific research. Australia has taken Japan to the International Court of Justice, arguing the science is a front for commercial whaling (the meat is eaten in Japan). But the involvement of US researchers in Japanese whaling raises the possibility that whaling may make a more significant contribution to scientific knowledge than critics claim.