Whaling and Japan

A look at the controversy over Japan's whaling program.

***Warning: Gallery contains graphic images.***

  • Grade school students and residents watch a carved Baird's Beaked whale at Wada port in Minamiboso � Issei Kato / Reuters

  • Worker sprays water on a Baird's Beaked whale before butchering it, as shadows of a crowd of grade school students and residents are cast on the ground, at Wada port in Minamiboso � Issei Kato / Reuters

  • Grade school students watch a carved Baird's Beaked whale at Wada port in Minamiboso, southeast of Tokyo � Issei Kato / Reuters

  • Workers carve into a Baird's Beaked whale at Wada port in Minamiboso � Issei Kato / Reuters

  • Grade school students and residents look at the head of a carved Baird's Beaked whale at Wada port in Minamiboso � Issei Kato / Reuters

  • Workers carve into a Baird's Beaked whale as grade school students and residents look on, at Wada port in Minamiboso � Issei Kato / Reuters

  • A protester holds a packet of whale meat during a rally in support of whaling, in front of the Australian embassy in Tokyo � Kim Kyung Hoon / Reuters

  • RNPS IMAGES OF THE YEAR 2007 - � Stringer . / Reuters

  • Activists on a rubber dinghy belonging to Sea Shepherd throw a rope onto the bow of the Japanese whaling ship Yushin Maru in the Southern Ocean � Handout . / Reuters

  • Workers butcher a Baird's Beaked whale at Wada port in Minamiboso, southeast of Tokyo � Toru Hanai / Reuters

  • Workers butcher a Baird's Beaked whale at Wada port in Minamiboso, southeast of Tokyo � Toru Hanai / Reuters

  • A damaged fish oil tank painted to resemble a can of whale meat is seen through a broken window in Ishinomaki � Toru Hanai / Reuters

  • Whale sashimi is prepared at Japanese whale meat restaurant in Tokyo � Yuriko Nakao / Reuters

  • Yoko Ichihara eats a whaleburger at a whale meat restaurant in Wada, southeast of Tokyo � Toru Hanai / Reuters

  • A wholesaler examines whale meat with a customer at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo � Kiyoshi Ota / Reuters

  • To match feature WHALING/JAPAN � Issei Kato / Reuters

  • Environmental activists perform with a mock whale at a protest denouncing Japan's whaling in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul � Lee Jae Won / Reuters

  • Workers butcher a Baird's Beaked whale at Wada port in Minamiboso, southeast of Tokyo � Toru Hanai / Reuters

  • To match Reuters Life! ANTARCTICA-WHALING/ � Staff Photographer / Reuters

  • Japan's whaling vessel carrying anti-whaling New Zealander activist Bethune approaches a pier at Tokyo bay � Issei Kato / Reuters