Associated Press reports:
Japan’s plan to hunt humpback whales likely to spark outrage, opponents warn
By Ray Lilley
March 1, 2007
WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Anti-whaling nations New Zealand and Australia vowed Thursday to continue the fight to end Japan’s annual whale hunts, warning that its plans to kill humpback whales off Antarctica in December could spark outrage.
The warning comes just a day after Japan ended its latest southern whale program following a deadly fire that crippled the mother ship of its whaling fleet and left it drifting near the Antarctic coast. A crewman died in the fire.
While New Zealand warned the incident could have sparked an “ecological disaster,” Japanese officials had said it posed no threat to the environment and will not lead Japan to call off future kills.
Norwegian whaling: here.
BBC guide to whales: here.
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