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    Commercial whaling may make a comeback

    THE opponents of whaling fear a return to commercial hunting is virtually inevitable within the next few years.

    Conservation groups at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission believe the 1986 whaling moratorium cannot last much longer, BBC News Online reported.

    They said moves to approve the new rules to regulate whaling look likely to be forced through the commission soon. They also think welfare will be sidelined, with few checks to ensure whales suffer as little as possible, said the BBC.

    Unless members insist that the commission addresses welfare issues, they're engaging in a process that will ensure whales continue to die agonising deaths.

    At issue is a proposal by its chairman Henrik Fischer, from Denmark, designed to hasten the adoption by the commission of a revised management scheme - essentially a scientifically sound way to set catch limits.

    The commission has been becalmed for years in arguments between the whalers - Japan, Norway and Iceland - who say stocks of some species are abundant enough to hunt, and their opponents, the BBC said.

    The anti-whalers agree in theory that the commission should set catch limits, but have found ways in practice to avoid doing so.

    The Fischer plan has now been discussed at length by the commission, and looks certain to go before its meeting next year in South Korea, where many participants expect it will be agreed on.

    If and when it is, they say, it will be very difficult for the anti-whalers to insist on keeping the moratorium on commercial whaling which has been in force since 1986.

    Mr Fischer said his compromise plan would mean only some stocks of minke whales, the smallest and most abundant of the great whales, could be caught.

    But some conservationists see the future much more starkly. WWF, the global environment campaign, said that plan was 'fundamentally flawed...an unacceptable framework that omits key conservation safeguards'.

    Major-General Peter Davies, director-general of the World Society for the Protection of Animals, told BBC News Online: 'We're deeply concerned at any move that could mean the lifting of the moratorium, because whaling is inherently cruel.'

    From 1998 to 2002, Norway reported the average time it took hunted whales to die after being struck by an explosive harpoon was 141 seconds, with Japan reporting 157 seconds.


    if there's been a moritorium in effect since 86 how can there even be a whaling industry. have these people been collecting unemployment all this time?

    Japan, Norway and Iceland! its not like were talking third world nations here that need this to survive. why not just lift the ban on sacking coastal cities for them.
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    Japan, Norway and Iceland! its not like were talking third world nations here that need this to survive. why not just lift the ban on sacking coastal cities for them.
    Why do we have thermonuclear powered hunter-killer submarines?

    We come in peace..............shoot to kill?

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