The War Of The Whales

Roz Kidman Cox looks at the continuing conflict over the pursuit of whales since the International Whaling Commission voted for a moratorium on commercial hunting in 1982.

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She recounts the story of the moratorium and listens to the views of pro- and anti-whalers on the basic issues of welfare, sustainability and necessity.

She examines the tactics that each side has adopted to try to gain the upper hand throughout the war.

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Despite the 25-year ban, Japan continues to kill thousands of whales a year in the name of science while environmentalists complain that this is simply commercial whaling in a different guise.

But does this apparent conflict actually suit both sides?