Latin America urges Japan to stop whaling

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 16:20 EDT
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BUENOS AIRES – Latin American members of the International Whaling Commission urged Japan Monday to stop “scientific” whaling in Antarctic waters and respect sanctuaries for the species.

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay have refused to hunt nearly a thousand whales, including endangered species, in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, according to a statement posted on an official Argentine government website.

The countries are members of the anti-whaling Group of Buenos Aires (GBA).

Japanese whalers kill hundreds of the mammals a year in Antarctic waters.

Commercial whaling has been banned worldwide since 1986, but Japan justifies its hunts as scientific research, while not hiding the fact that the whale meat is later sold in shops and restaurants.

The International Whaling Commission has banned all types of commercial whaling in the area of some 19.3 million square miles (50 million square kilometers) surrounding Antarctica.

GBA nations reaffirmed their commitment to whale conservation, maintaining a moratorium on whaling trade, promoting non-lethal use of whale resources and respecting the integrity of recognized whale sanctuaries.

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  • http://twitter.com/DonCarlitos Charlie McHenry

    Great news. However the Japanese have a long and well-documented history of continuing to do what they please with the world’s fisheries until they are forced to stop. Research the Latin American oyster/pearl beds and you’ll discover the Japanese poisoned them en-masse at the turn of the last century to quash competition. There are none left. Same will be true for the fisheries and the world’s whales if there is no concerted action to stop Japanese over-fishing. The time is now. The problem is pressing.