You can read McPherson's full report here
Authorities in Japan may feel that designating a hunt as being for 'scientific purposes' is OK but the International community are not stupid. As BBC News reports Tuesday "in 2014 the International Court of Justice (ICJ) said its [Japans] Antarctic hunt was not scientific and should cease."
Read this cock-eyed view re the mass slaughter - Japan insists it is trying to prove the whale population is large enough to justify a return to whaling for commercial purposes, and says it has to kills the mammals to carry out its research.
So either way Japan simply has killing on its mind, in the past, the present and in the future.
It has also defied the UN court ruling.
Whale meat from the annual slaughter is consumed in Japan but the authorities try to dismiss this as simply a "by-product of legal research."
Shame on them.
Good luck to the activists campaigning to put an end to Japan's cruel and dishonest hunt.