The history of commercial whaling is of 'boom and bust' slaughter from the 17th century to the Seventies. Recent events give us no reason to believe that future hunts would be more restrained or humane. On a 1992 Norwegian 'scientific' minke whale hunt, for example, the average death time was 6.5 minutes. Such cruelty is unlikely ever again to be condoned by an international forum. The ongoing ruthless mass slaughter by the Japanese of Dall's porpoises in the western Pacific demonstrates that nation's continuing total disregard of any principles of sustainable and humane exploitation of marine mammals.
SUSAN C. WILSON
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