Whaling 'Peace Plan' Talks Fall Apart - Japan Unwilling to Say When It Will Stop Killing Whales
photo: Chris via flickr
It's rare that a whaling peace plan falling apart could be a good thing, but for considering that the one being negotiated in Morocco, which would effectively sanction the actions of whaling nations Japan, Norway, and Iceland, would mean that more whales would die, perhaps it's a good thing. Which is all a way of saying that delegates at the International Whaling Commission meeting currently underway have been unable to reach agreement.
Though Japan has been the focus of much anti-whaling activity, a few other nations do operate whaling operations under objection to the international moratorium on commercial whaling. Whaling ships in Reykjavik, photo: Atil Harðarson via flickr.
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The plan, which had been in the works for several years, even if only coming into the spotlight more recently, would have set declining quota levels over a ten year period for whales. Japan agreed to reduce its quota from 935 today to 200 in 2020.
The main sticking point, according to BBC News, was that though Japan was willing to concede to killing declining numbers of whales, it was unwilling to agree to a date by which it would cease whaling altogether.
This was something that Latin American countries insisted upon--and which no doubt many environmentalists would insist upon as well.
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