"Stop killing whales", say crowd of protestors

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Leah Ferguson reports


A throng of around 50 protestors from around the world have loudly voiced their opposition to the killing of whales outside a whaling conference in Jersey.

The International Whaling Commission conference began today at the Hotel de France.

The week-long annual meeting sees delegates from 80 nations across the globe meeting to discuss the hunting of whales.

This year the spotlight is on a British Government attempt to reform the organisation to make it more open and accountable.

Almost 30 years ago the International Whaling Commission - the IWC - voted for an indefinite worldwide law on commercial whaling.

But a loophole which allows whales to be caught in the name of scientific research means they are still being harvested - notably for Japanese consumers. It is estimated that 30,000 whales have been taken since the moratorium began.

It is both the fact that whales are still being hunted, and the manner of their deaths, which anger organisations like the International Fund for Animal Welfare - one of many non-government organisations in Jersey this week.

Following newspaper revelations about the IWC, British minister Richard Benyon will be attempting to force through fundamental changes in the way the Commission operates.

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Posted By: Ben on 14-Jul-2011
I'd like to give whale meat a go before I make up my mind. I hear it's very good. I've always told my children they can't simply say "I don't like sprouts" without actually trying them. Have these protesters actually given it a go before all this moaning, I hope so.

 
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Posted By: Sterling on 13-Jul-2011
How else are we supposed to get clean burning lamp oil?

 
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Posted By: Jaded Citizen on 12-Jul-2011
Ok i eat meat, fish, poultry, pulses, wheat and tofu too so im not a vegan / veggy carnivore basher.... but there is no need to kill a majestic animal for food i understand Inuits its part of their culture and one whale will feed many for a long time and as for research that could be in a number of ways, and i pose a question why does is whale and whale products on sale in japanese and other fish markets?

 
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Posted By: John on 11-Jul-2011
any chance of being able to see these news reports from outside the uk?

 
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Posted By: Rob on 11-Jul-2011
that is a brilliant way to not actually answer a question!

 
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Posted By: Stuart on 11-Jul-2011
Those protesters look like they're having a whale of a time! :)

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