June 18, 2006

Japan wins first pro-whaling vote in two decades

FRIGATE BAY, St. Kitts and Nevis (Reuters) - Japan and its
allies won a pro-whaling vote for the first time in two decades
on Sunday at an international meeting.

A majority of nations at the International Whaling
Commission approved a non-binding declaration that criticized a
1986 moratorium on commercial whaling, blamed whales for
depleting fish stocks and said nongovernmental organizations
were a threat.