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Japan Whale Experiments Bizarre: Report

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March 7, 2008 - 11:57PM

A review of the controversial scientific research conducted by Japan and its whalers has uncovered a list of "bizarre" and useless experiments, including how to cross breed cows with whales.

Scientists have analysed 43 research papers produced by Japan over 18 years, finding most were useless or esoteric.

The scientific research included injecting minke whale sperm into cows eggs, and attempts to produce test-tube whale babies, News Limited newspapers report.

For years Japan has continued its whaling program under the guise of scientific research, to the disgust of anti-whaling nations such as Australia.

The head of Australia's scientific delegation to the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Dr Nick Gales, labelled the research "bizarre".

"[The research involves] really bizarre and strange experiments with sheep and pigs and eggs," he said. "It's totally esoteric; very strange indeed."

At the IWC meeting in London this weekend, Australia will argue for the closure of the "scientific research" loophole in the commercial whaling ban, which has allowed Japan to continue its program.

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