Letter: Whaling is out of control
Sunday 24 May 1998
Fuelling this is the prospect of making large profits from selling whale meat to Japan. In addition, the Japanese market for whale meat provides a cover for smugglers and investigations have uncovered meat from endangered fin, sei and humpback whales. Mr Lean ignores the fact that any legitimisation of commercial whaling would put endangered species at greater risk. At the IWC meeting in Oman, Japan used the votes of Caribbean states it has bought to stifle criticism and enforce secret votes. They failed because of the efforts of the UK gov- ernment, anti-whaling groups and others derided by Mr Lean - he should keep better company.
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