06/23/2010 - Talks on replacing a moratorium on whaling with a controlled cull have broken down and will be suspended for a year, delegates at a meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) said on Wednesday.
Negotiators in the Moroccan city of Agadir said the latest proposal aimed at breaking a long-running deadlock over the emotive issue of whaling failed because whaling countries and their opponents could not find enough common ground.
"This means these talks are finished," said Sue Lieberman, who was heading the delegation of the anti-whaling Pew Environment Group at the talks. "There is now a risk that there could be an increase in whaling by Japan."
Read the full article, Whaling Moratorium Talks Break Down on the Reuters Africa Web site.
Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information, visit the Pew Whale Conservation Project campaign.