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Subject: Japanese whaling shameful > Moving the IWC forward into the 21st Century

Species Programme WWF-International
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Date Posted: 05/18/02 14:12
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Humanity's complex relationship with whales and dolphins is marked by contradiction, ranging from reverence, affinity, and cultural significance to one of history's darkest chapters in the unsustainable exploitation of any wild species. Few animals on land or sea inspire such awe as whales, yet relatively few have suffered so severely at human hands.

WWF's campaign to end uncontrolled commercial whaling is part of a broader effort to minimise human impacts on all cetaceans, whether from commercial exploitation, marine pollution, climate change, ship strikes, fisheries by-catch, or other human-caused threats.

In the context of the International Whaling Commission, which meets 20-24 May in Japan, WWF is working to promote conservation of all cetaceans and to ensure that commercial exploitation never again threatens any species of whale.

WWF calls upon all countries to take responsible action, to act in the best conservation interests of all cetaceans, and to move the IWC forward into the 21st Century.

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