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End of Whaling Moratorium?

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End of Whaling Moratorium?

Postby KarenS » Wed Jun 21, 2006 7:50 am

From the LA Times:

The Caribbean nations that helped Japan end a 20-year moratorium are told tourism may suffer.
By Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
June 20, 2006

FRIGATE BAY, St. Kitts and Nevis ‚ÄĒ Six Caribbean states that support Japan's drive to resume commercial whaling are highly dependent on tourism and could suffer boycotts or lost business as a result of their vote, environmentalists and tourism promoters said Monday.

A day after Japan mustered the first International Whaling Commission vote in support of ending a 20-year moratorium on hunting, countries that oppose the killing cautioned the small islands that their most vital industry could feel the sting of angry whale lovers.

"People come to this region to see nature at its best," Joth Singh, director of wildlife and habitat for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, said of vacationers drawn to the Caribbean's pristine beaches and lush volcanic mountains. "Individuals for whom whaling is abhorrent will think twice about going to a destination where their values are not shared."

For more on which islands voted to end the moratorium go:
<a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-whales20jun20,0,6356198.story?coll=la-home-headlines">here</a>
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