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Secret Meeting Held to Legalize Japanese Whaling

Secret Meeting Held to Legalize Japanese Whaling

In 1982, world governments agreed to a moratorium on whaling because most had been hunted to the brink of extinction. Five years later whaling had all but come to a halt–sorta. Japan kept the practice by exploiting a loophole which allowed for “scientific research.” The result: over a thousand whales killed each year around Antarctica.

But a secret meeting in Florida could soon change all of this.

It allows Japan to whale off its own coast. In return, they would scale back all hunting in the Antarctic. If a deal is struck, it’ll be handed off to the International Whaling Commission in June for approval.

There’s talk that Iceland and Norway might also scale back their “scientific” whaling. This agreement would give other countries license to whale off their costal waters. In fact, would make one of the biggest international victories for conservationists null and void. And in the end, it could lead to a revival of officially sanctioned whaling.

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Source: Telegraph

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10:46AM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

These criminals will continue to kill, do not tell them is OK.

10:45AM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Whaling is wrong, it is only out of greed. STOP WHALLING ALLTOGETHER.

7:48AM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:23AM PDT on Jul 4, 2011

Interesting Thanks

10:21PM PDT on Apr 8, 2010

If this goes ahead, the USA will be another country on my boycott list when it comes to spending my tourist dollar - along with Japan, Norway, Iceland, Denmark (for killing dolphins) and Canada (for killing seals).

10:18PM PDT on Apr 8, 2010

If this goes ahead, the USA will be another country to be boycotted when it comes to spending my tourist dollar, alomg with Japan, Norway, Iceland, Denmark (for killing dolphins) and Canada (for killing seals).

7:12PM PST on Feb 28, 2010

We all need to speak out and demand our governments stop the needless slaughter of wildlife. If we allow whaling to begin again it's a big step backward for all wildlife. And yes, we should criticize our own governments for their "sins," as well as obvious culprits like Japan.

6:08AM PST on Feb 28, 2010

THIS HORRIFIC ACT NEEDS TO STOP, NOW, AGAIN, THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF HUMANS GETTING IN THE WAY OF NATURE !!! WE NEED TO ALLOW THESE ANIMALS TO LIVE PEACEFULLY IN THEIR HABITAT.

1:46PM PST on Feb 27, 2010

oh geez. this saddens me deeply. I wish I could do more to stop it, even if it means strapping myself to one of the cranes or SOMETHING but it needs to stop asap.

10:33AM PST on Feb 27, 2010

Good to see this info getting out. The corrupt whaling industry can only succeed in secret - knowledge is power.

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