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Originally posted by hotpinkurinalmint
reply to post by saxony
I am against whaling, but maybe the lifting of the whaling ban is part of some backroom deal. Perhaps if the US lifts the whaling ban, Japan or some other nation might do the US some other favor in return.
Maybe we could create huge whale farms. Then we could grow whales in captivity and then harvest them for those who like whale meat. Seems like a win-win.
However, we need to appreciate that one is dealing here with very experienced negotiators from the
whaling countries, who know the whaling issue inside out, who are on top of the science, and who
have plenty of skill and practice in calving out deals that aren’t what they seem to be. Such
negotiations require a thorough grasp of all aspects of the subject matter.
QUESTION: My name is Toshi Katsuda from Asahi Shimbun, Japanese daily newspaper. My question is for Ms. Medina. The U.S. Government – it’s stay on the same position that supposed to – moratorium, as strongly still? Is it the same?
MS. MEDINA: Yes, absolutely, the U.S. continues to support the moratorium. And in fact, one of the key elements of the proposal that makes it possible for us to even consider it is that the moratorium would not be lifted or waived , changed or amended. There wouldn’t be anything different going forward if this proposal were agreed to by the IWC. The moratorium remains in place and we, the US, would not support anything that didn’t do that. So yes, we remain strongly committed to the moratorium.