Subject: Case Study: Lobbyists want 50-year commerc (fwd)

Michael Williamson (
Thu, 9 May 1996 15:36:22 -0400 (EDT)

Do you think that this will help?
What about the food chains in the oceans?
What obstacles do the whales still face?

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Date: Thu, 9 May 96 00:24:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Lobbyists want 50-year commerc

Lobbyists want 50-year commercial whaling ban

    LONDON, May 7 (Reuter) - Environmental activists called on
Tuesday for the ban on commercial whaling to be extended for at
least 50 years while research is undertaken into new threats
from pollution and climate changes.
     The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a research
group based in London and Washington, said in a report that
whales and dolphins were dying in unprecedented numbers because
of pollution, ozone depletion and climate change.
     "These new threats are just as deadly as the exploding
harpoons," EIA chairman Allan Thornton told a news conference.
     Members of parliament from across the political spectrum
backed the call for an extension of the moratorium on whaling
imposed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 1986.
     They also want the ban to cover all whales and dolphins.
Currently only 12 out of about 80 species are protected.
     Some countries, notably Japan and Norway, have found ways
around the ban, but EIA officials were hopeful they might change
their behaviour because of evidence of new environmental threats
to the whale population.
     The problem will be discussed at the next meeting of the IWC
in Aberdeen, Scotland, from June 24 to 28.
     Among the recent disasters detailed by the EIA in its report
was the death of over 1,500 striped dolphins in the
Mediterranean from a virus linked to high levels of pollutants
and low food supply due to unusually warm water.
     Elsewhere, in the Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic 750
bottlenose dolphins were killed by a combination of pollution, a
virus and a toxic algal growth caused by unseasonal weather.
     Similar growths wiped out a unique population of 14 humpback
whales on the eastern coast of the United States.