Pew Charitable Trust symposium favors coastal whaling

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, March 2008:
TOKYO–Chairing a “Whale Symposium” sponsored by the
environmentally oriented Pew Charitable Trusts, former Samoan
ambassador to the United Nations and International Criminal Court
judge Tuiloma Neroni Slade on February 20, 2008 said, according to
the Pew web site, that “the most promising compromise” to resolve
conflict with Japan over the 22-year-old International Whaling
Commission moratorium on commercial whaling “would be a combination
of actions which would recognize potentially legitimate claims by
coastal whaling communities; suspend scientific whaling in its
current form and respect sanctuaries; and define a finite number of
whales that can be taken by all of the world’s nations.”

Responded Dolphin Project founder Ric O’Barry, “Here I am in
Taiji working in dangerous conditions to stop coastal whaling and
these clowns are promoting it!”
Slade spoke three weeks after fishers killed seven dolphins
at Naga Bay, Okinawa. Okinawans had not hunted whales since 1990.

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