Subject: Info: DNA used in Whale Smuggling

Michael Williamson (whe_william)
Mon, 1 Jun 1995 09:21:42

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Subject: Info: DNA used in Whale Smuggling
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Whale smuggling widespread, says report
    LONDON, May 30 (Reuter) - Smuggling of whalemeat is
widespread, with new evidence pointing to an illegal trade
triangle between Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, a British
conservation group said on Tuesday.
     The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society said it based its
claim on a series of genetic tests of whalemeat taken from major
cities in Asia, including Tokyo and Seoul.
     "The tests revealed the meat as having come from at least
seven protected species," said the group. "These DNA tests
help prove the existence of a whalemeat smuggling triangle."
     Commercial whaling was banned in 1986. However
"pro-whaling" nations continue to flout the rules and
smugglers are cashing in, with whalemeat now fetching about $100
a pound, it said.
     Since regulated whaling is unenforcable, the only way to
curb illegal trade in the meat is to require that DNA testing
becomes part of international monitoring, the group said.