12/22/2007 - Japan, under pressure from the United States and Australia, is delaying plans to kill 50 humpback whales as part of its already contentious annual whale harvest in waters near Antarctica.
Monica Medina, the director of whale conservation for the Pew Environment Group, credited Japan for delaying any humpback hunting and the Bush administration for pressing for the delay.
But she said that larger issues needed to be ironed out to stem the expanding killing of whales. More than 2,000 were killed by Japan and a handful of other countries last year, the biggest number since the moratorium was declared.
“We hope this is just a first step,” Ms. Medina said. “Despite an international moratorium on commercial whaling, the world’s whales face many threats to their survival, including climate change, ship strikes and Japan’s active whaling program.”
Read the full article Under Pressure, Japan Delays Plan to Hunt the Humpback on The New York Times Web site.
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