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    Reference : New Scientist, 27 September 2014, page 7.

    Japan has been stopped from "scientific whaling" by a resolution at the International Whaling Commission. A new resolution is now passed, laying down tougher criteria for 'scientific whaling'. In future, such whaling must further the interest of whale conservation.


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    Whaling which furthers whale conservation? Not sure how to process that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by skeptic View Post
    Reference : New Scientist, 27 September 2014, page 7.Japan has been stopped from "scientific whaling" by a resolution at the International Whaling Commission. A new resolution is now passed, laying down tougher criteria for 'scientific whaling'. In future, such whaling must further the interest of whale conservation.
    I don't understand. Could you clarify? Provide a link?
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    Bit of a catch 22, isn't it?

    The idea is that scientific research must be targeted at conservation issues. Killing whales is permitted only if the knowledge gained furthers conservation. Of course, the Japanese will be looking for a loophole to permit them to continue killing whales without restraint.
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    No kidding, mate. From what I've read, Japan has used a loophole in the 86 global moratorium to allow phony baloney 'lethal' research on the poor mammals. What's insulting is that they don't bother to keep secret the fact that their meat ends up in restaurants and fish markets. Tokyo called off the 2014-15 Antarctic hunt, and said it would redesign the whaling mission in an effort to make it more scientific. Yeah right. The Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, then further pissed off anti-whaling groups and countries this month when he boasted to parliament that he would boost his efforts towards restarting commercial whaling. wft? Anti-whaling activists and countries, including New Zealand & Australia, hoped Tokyo would use the cover afforded by the ICJ ruling to quietly remove itself from it's stubborned, sociopathic position that hunting whales is an integral part of Japanese culture and must be defended. what wankers. Critics rightly point out that while whale meat was once an important source of protein, few Japanese people now eat it, despite government subsidies. Who said Japan's anger ended in WW2? It's very much alive in this horrible tradition.
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    I read a statement a while back by a Japanese politicina who said they keep whaling, not because they need the meat, but because they cannot stand to be seen to back down to their opponents. They are saving face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skeptic View Post
    I read a statement a while back by a Japanese politicina who said they keep whaling, not because they need the meat, but because they cannot stand to be seen to back down to their opponents. They are saving face.
    Trust me. They are depleting our fish by netting as it is. It is well noted here. Japan, seems to not have an conscience about the environment.

    Saving face is the norm.

    As several individuals I know who works for a company there told me, "Lying is fine, it's how business is done. Just don't get caught."

    I was shocked.


    That is something I never thought I would hear about any country
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    The new guidelines establish criteria for the International Whaling Commission's (IWC) scientific committee to consider when it reviews whaling plans submitted by member countries.
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