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JAPAN RISKING FOREIGN RELATIONS FOR WHALE MEAT
(New Zealand Herald, July 31, 2000)
The Prime Minister says Japan is damaging its international standing by forging ahead with its whale hunting programme. Japan has defied an International Whaling Committee resolution by announcing it will increase what it calls its "scientific-based" whale-hunt in the Pacific.
The exercise is expected to see the slaughter of 100 whales in the north Pacific region. The whale species Japan is targeting are minkes, sperm and Bryde's whales.
Helen Clark says is ridiculous that Japan tries to justify the killing
by claiming it is for scientific purposes. She believes Japan risks
getting offside with powerful players by going ahead with the whale hunt.
Clark says the United States is already considering sanctions against
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