October 17, 1997 in Nation/World

Call Of Native Whaling


Russia will seek to preserve its traditional hunters’ current quota for killing whales when the International Whaling Commission meets in Monte Carlo next week. Years of illegal slaughter and the threat of extinction of some species led to a worldwide ban of commercial whaling in 1986, but traditional hunters were allowed to continue killing the whales for subsistence. A legal loophole also allowed Japan and Norway to kill the whales for scientific reasons.

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