WHALES seem to stir up strong feelings. For conservationists, the majestic mammals have been in urgent need of protection ever since factory ships began slaughtering them in the middle of the last century. But advocates of whaling present themselves as protectors of traditional culture, diets and the rights of indigenous people. It is difficult to find any common ground, even when—as has just happened—an honest attempt is made.
Nobody can deny that the present arrangement is messy and hypocritical. In theory, a global moratorium, proclaimed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), has been in force since 1986. But the creatures are still killed.........
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