IWC whaling ban talks collapse in Morocco listen06/23/10 Kate Bradshaw
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The International Whaling Commission is in Morocco this week for its annual meeting. The 88 member-governments are working to devise new rules governing commercial whaling which is still practiced by Norway, Japan and Iceland. Today WMNF spoke with Sue Lieberman of the Pew Environmental trust who is in Morocco for the meeting. She said talks collapsed after whaling and non-whaling countries failed to reach an agreement.
Lieberman said that since the talks are over the status quo remains in place. This means that Norway and Iceland will continue ignoring the ban and Japan will continue hunting minke whales in the protected Southern Ocean Sanctuary in the name of what it’s calling scientific research.