Japan Gains First Whaling Victory
Monday, June 19, 2006 Posted: 10:18 AM JST
"Delegates at the International Whaling Commission have voted in favour of a resolution endorsing a return to commercial whaling," the BBC reports today. "The motion, tabled by St Kitts and Nevis," continues the article, "called for the Whaling Commission to declare its commitment to normalisation - code for moving towards an eventual return to commercial whaling."
The global ban on whaling has been in place for 20 years, but has in the past few years been contested by whaling nations like Japan, Norway and Iceland as unnecessary. These nations claim that stock have recovered. Anti-whaling nations, with Australia, New Zealand and the UK at the forefront, see whaling as basically immoral.
The declaration had a majority of one. Japan will now need to build a coalition to get three-quarters of the votes. Anti-whaling countries, says the BBC, are planning to challenge the ruling.
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