posted on Jun, 19 2005 @ 08:19 PM
As hard as it may seem to believe the issue of whaling is still being fought among nations. Some who will do almost anything to resume "legal"
BBC Full Article Link
Whaling meeting 'may relax rules'
Pro-whaling nations seem set to command a majority of votes at the meeting of the International Whaling Commission which opens in South Korea on
Four developing countries have joined the IWC and are likely to vote with Japan which leads the pro-whaling bloc.
Japan has vowed to use any majority to scrap initiatives on conservation and welfare, but will almost certainly not be able to resume commercial
Conservation groups are alarmed at what they see as a damaging development.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
There is much more in the above linked report.
Japan has been alleged to have a history of effectively buying the votes of developing countries in the international whaling convention through
offers of foreign aid.
The four new IWC nations now said to vote Japan's way are Cameroon, Gambia, Nauru and Togo.
I find it hard to believe that in this age and time so many are pushing for the killing of even more of these magnificent mammals of the sea.
The reality is that Japan already legally kills 800 of these mammals every year for a program of "scientific research", as is allowed to under the
international whaling convention.
The meat from those whales ends up in the stomachs of Japanese people, and some say the scientific program is the same as commercial whaling in
Norway objected to the moratorium when it came into place, and catches hundreds of whales each year.
These whales are a source of both oil and meat for these nations.