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Anti-whaling lobby rebuffs Japan

Anti-whaling countries at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Alaska rejected on Tuesday an offer which could have seen Japan remove humpback whales from its annual Antarctic hunt in return for limited commercial hunting, the BBC reports.
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The Japanese plan was rejected in no uncertain terms by an anti-whaling bloc that includes the US, UK and Australia.

Australian environment minister Malcolm Turnbull said: “
We are opposed to commercial whaling and the Japanese coastal whaling proposal is one that is in effect a resumption …of commercial whaling.”

The proposed humpback hunt has been a major issue in anti-whaling countries, notably Australia and New Zealand, which both run healthy whale-watching industries.
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