This weeks New Scientist has produced a short but succinct critique of Japanese Scientific whaling, noting that its not that 'scientific'.
Nichola Raihani and Tim Clutton-Brock writing in New Scientist note that '...The scientific impact of the research is also limited. Relatively little research is published in international peer-reviewed journals, compared with research programmes on other marine mammals such as dolphins. According to the ICR, scientific whaling has produced 152 publications in peer-reviewed journals since 1994. However, just 58 of these papers were published in international journals. The rest were IWC reports or articles published in domestic journals, largely in Japanese. Most of the findings are not circulated among the wider scientific community, and the failure to subject papers to impartial review renders the value of much of this literature questionable...'
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