^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Tue, 25 Jun 96 11:30:00 UTC 0000 From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: NO EXCUSE FOR WHALING, SAYS MI NO EXCUSE FOR WHALING, SAYS MINISTER By Alison Little, Political Correspondent, PA News Fisheries Minister Tony Baldry said today he expects the international community to back Britain's opposition to lifting the moratorium on commercial whaling. He was speaking as nations prepared to meet in Aberdeen for the annual conference of the International Whaling Commission. Japan and Norway are pressing for a relaxation of the ban, but Mr Baldry told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We can see no economic or social justification for whaling. "I think the whole international community will be seeking to press Japan and Norway this week to give up whaling." He said whaling was a very cruel form of hunting, in which at least four of every 10 whales sought did not die instantly. He insisted that although some whale species populations may now be of a sustainable size, this did not mean they should be exploited. "Norway and Japan are two of the wealthiest countries in the world.No-one in Norway is going to go hungry if they can't kill whales. "A whale, when it is alive, is a very beautiful creature of creation. When it's dead, it's just a few tons of meat. "I don't think Norway or Japan really need those tons of meat to sustain their economies," said Mr Baldry.