Japan is sending a whaling fleet to the Antarctic on Tuesday for a three-month hunt, according to the country’s government.
Under its proposal, Japan plans on catching up to 333 minke whales each year for the next 12 years, according to a government statement.
The hunt will be the first since the hunts were deemed not truly scientific, forcing Tokyo to revise its whaling plans, according to The Associated Press.
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The International Whaling Commission has banned whaling since 1986, but Japan can continue killing whales under an exemption for research.