illegal hunting of Killer whales

From: Tom Ford (tjfketos@rcn.com)
Date: Thu Nov 11 2004 - 18:10:18 EST

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    > From: "Amy-Lee Gunter"
    > Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2004 16:46:38 -0500
    > To: <tjfketos@rcn.com>, <pita@whale.simmons.edu>
    > Subject: illegal hunting of Killer whales
    >
    > Dear Dr. Ford
    >
    > After taking a long look through the ASK archives I came to the coclusion
    > that my question just wasn't posted so I was wondering if you could answer
    > it for me.
    >
    > Like everyone else these days I'm doing a research project on whales, more
    > specifically killer whales and the problems posed by humans. I've found
    > extensive information on noise pollution and sewage pollution etc and also
    > vast amounts on the japanese "scientific" whaling operations scooping up
    > mnke and other whale species, but I have not been able to ascertain whether
    > killer whales are being illegally hunted and if so where. Perhaps you are
    > aware of a website I could look at or maybe you have some information that
    > would be useful.
    >
    > Thanks for your time,
    >
    > Amy-Lee Gunter

    I am unaware of any illegal killer whale hunting. All trade in live killer
    whales is strictly regulated under the CITES treaty. There is no commercial
    value in captive whales if they cannot be documented as legal.

    regards

    Tom Ford



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