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No consensus reached on whaling

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Published on Jun 27, 2008

No consensus reached on whaling during IWC meeting
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Source: CCTV.com | 06-28-2008 09:23
A week-long International Whaling Commission meeting has wrapped up in Chile. Anti-whaling nations failed to reach a consensus on a number of issues with Japan, the world's leading hunter of whales.
Japan catches about 1,000 whales each year for what it terms scientific research, despite of a non-binding 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling.

Anti-whaling nations, led by Australia, have voiced deep concern at Japan's skirting of the moratorium.

Seeking to avoid confrontation among its 80 members, the International Whaling Commission, or IWC, set up a working group in an attempt to build consensus over the next year.

Bill Hogarth, Chairman International Whaling Commission, said, "I really sense that commissioners want to find the way for the IWC to move forward, and you know and I know that there are some really tough issues here so it is going to take a lot of diplomacy, a lot of hard work."
But environmentalists said this step, with nations urged not to vote against each other on Japanese whaling or on calls for a South Atlantic whale sanctuary, meant little was achieved at the meeting.

Japan said it would not bow to pressure from the anti-whaling lobby and had not ruled out leaving the IWC altogether, but wanted to give dialogue a chance.

A small group of Greenpeace activists demonstrated outside the Japanese embassy in Santiago on Friday to protest the arrest of two Greenpeace activists.

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