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UK leads battle to clean up whaling commission

Britain is embarking on a radical attempt to clean up the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which has been increasingly racked by allegations of corruption amongst its member countries.
At the heart of the concerns are repeated accusations that Japan, the leading pro-whaling nation, has been persuading small nations which are members of the IWC to vote in favour of a resumption of commercial whaling, by means of aid packages and the direct bribing of individuals.

There has been an international moratorium on commercial whaling since 1986, but Japan has carried on, describing its activities as “scientific”. However, the Japanese are very keen to have the moratorium lifted, and made a determined but vain attempt to do so at last year’s IWC meeting in Morocco.

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