Subject: Case Study: Whale smuggling attempt defeated (fwd)

Michael Williamson (
Sat, 27 Apr 1996 09:59:38 -0400 (EDT)

Guide Questions:
What is wrong with this?
Is there anything wrong with this?
What can be done to alleviate this situation?
Where are these countries?
Why do they want to keep on whaling?
Should they be allowed to whale?  Why or why not?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 1996 11:34:31 -0700
From: MARMAM Editors <marmamed@UVic.CA>
To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET>
Subject: Whale smuggling attempt defeated (fwd)

Forwarded message:
From: (Simen Gaure)

The Norwegian daily VG reported Thursday, April 25 that a
smuggling attempt of 10 tons of whale meat and blubber from
Norway to Japan has been intercepted by Japanese police.

The cargo was disguised as mackerel of which Norway annually
exports more than 130.000 tons to Japan.  The attempt was
revealed because the smugglers routed the contraband via Viet Nam,
a country which imports next to nothing of Norwegian fish.

Head of the Norwegian small whaler association, Steinar Bastesen
says to VG (April 26):

  "If this has happened it is tragic and devastating for Norwegian
   whaling.  Such incidences destroys the possibilities for removing
   the silly Norwegian export ban."

The smugglers, associated with the =C5lesund based company
"World Food" according to VG, are under investigation by
Norwegian authorities.


Simen Gaure, Department of Mathematics, University of Oslo