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Sunday, June 20

Caribbean Under Fire for Pro-Whaling Stance

IPS "PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jun 20, 2010 (IPS) - The votes of six Caribbean countries could help decide whether or not the International Whaling Commission (IWC) will ease the 1986 global ban on commercial whaling and allow hunting in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary around Antarctica.

Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada, all members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), also belong to the IWC, which was set up in 1964 to provide for the conservation of whale stocks.

A proposal to allow a limited number of legal whale catches will be put forward during the IWC's Jun. 21-25 meeting in Morocco. Environmentalists and others opposed to lifting the ban are calling on Caribbean governments not to give in to countries like Japan that have used their financial muscle in the past to gain support in the 88-member IWC."
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