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This article highlights the plight of our oceans

June 17, 2007
The oceans are under threat – the need to address the situation has never been greater
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Ecocide in the world’s oceans

When the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission opened in Alaska
on May 28, Japan declared it planned to kill 50 humpback whales as well as the
usual minke and fin whales next year in its scientific whale-hunt (catch them,
count them and sell them as food). Humpbacks were heading for extinction when
the IWC agreed to a moratorium on all commercial whaling in 1986, so the place
erupted in protests.
Australian Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull called it a highly provocative
act, but it is also a carefully calculated one. Japan’s real goal is to get
commercial whaling re-started and it offered to drop the plan to kill humpbacks
if the IWC approves a return to limited commercial whaling by four Japanese
coastal villages. Just four little villages for now, and strictly limited
numbers of whales — but the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling would have
been broken.
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