CITES rebuffs Japan’s efforts to reopen whale meat trade
“Japan's forum shopping tactics and attempts to resuscitate the whale meat trade have been rejected,” said Ramage. “Today’s decision and the strong conservation majority at last week's IWC meeting signal an emerging global consensus for whale conservation in the 21st century,” Ramage continued. “Given this meeting’s welcome focus on human livelihoods, it is important to note the tremendous economic benefits that responsible whale watching now brings to coastal communities in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. Animals and people both do better when whales are seen and not hurt,” he said.
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