Whale Questions

From: Phil Clapham (phillip.clapham@noaa.gov)
Date: Thu Oct 04 2001 - 14:42:21 EDT


Hi:

Well it's a bit complicated. The President (our President) can't force
another country to stop killing whales, although he could put a lot of
pressure on them to stop.

The countries that are mostly involved with killing whales these days
are Japan and Norway. They are mostly killing minke whales, but also
sperm and Bryde's whales. The whales are killed not so much for baleen
any more but for meat and other products (some people also still buy and
sell the blubber).

Whale management goes on through an international organization called
the International Whaling Commission, but it's not very effective.

Phil Clapham

> Jennifer Johann wrote:
>
> Why won't the president stop all whale killing because of there baleen
> and blubber?
>
> Stuart

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