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IWC 2005: Anti-whalers dwindling in numbers

It seems the "world" (as the Anti-whalers often describe themselves - Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., and to an extent the U.S.A.) is starting to accept that sustainable whaling is here to stay.

In Norway, the government has decided to cancel the contract of a lobbyist they had employed to put across the whaling side of the argument to the good people of the U.S.A.

The reason?

These days the Norwegians are hearing hardly any complaints about their commercial whaling activities, so don't see the need to have anyone explain their position anymore.

In Japan, the story is positive, but still not quite as rosy. With the initial stages of IWC 2005 underway, Japanese officials have expressed confidence that much of the rest of the world is coming round to Tokyo's way of thinking.

"We're looking forward to something good coming out of the Ulsan (venue for IWC 2005) meeting and although there are still some difficulties ahead, the number of countries that support the sustainable utilisation of whales accounts for almost half of the IWC's members," said Hideki Moromuki, of the ministry of agriculture, forestry and fisheries' whaling division.

"Our ultimate purpose is, of course, the resumption of commercial whaling, and although I don't know if we will be able to achieve that in Ulsan, we have a lot of support on the issue of marine resources and I'm sure we will achieve our aim soon."

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