The meeting is expected to be contentious, with pro-whaling Japan pushing for a
lifting of the ban, and conservation groups, including IFAW (International Fund
for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org
attendance to call for global whale protection.
Despite the global
moratorium on commercial whaling, Japan currently hunts more than 1,200 whales a
year for what it calls “scientific” whaling, in abuse of an IWC loophole that
allows for the lethal research of whales.