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Global whaling body adopts anti-corruption reform

SAINT HELIER, Jersey — The International Whaling Commission (IWC) changed Wednesday the way its 89 member nations pay fees, adopting a British proposal to boost transparency and discourage alleged influence-peddling. Debate at the IWC’s 63rd annual meeting, which closes on Thursday, has been dominated by whether or how to introduce…

Whalewatching worth billions and booming: study

AGADIR, Morocco (AFP) – Whalewatching revenue topped two billion dollars in 2009 and is set to grow 10 percent a year, according to a new study. The findings boost arguments that the marine mammals are worth more alive than dead, the researchers said. They also coincide with a decision by…

Report: Japan bribed countries ‘with cash, prostitutes’ to keep whaling

Japanese government agencies trying to loosen a 24-year-old moratorium on commercial whaling used cash and the offer of prostitutes to convince small countries to vote in favor of lifting the ban, a news report claims. The UK’s Sunday Times reports it has film of officials from various governments admitting that…

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