Japan proposes end to commercial whaling ban, faces pushback:The Asahi Shimbun

The proposal introduced by Brazil in 2001 received support from 39 countries but was opposed by 25 denying it the three-quarters' majority it needed to pass

The proposal introduced by Brazil in 2001 received support from 39 countries but was opposed by 25 denying it the three-quarters' majority it needed to pass

"The science is clear: there are certain species of whales whose populations are healthy enough to be exploited with sustainability", according to the Japanese proposal presented on Monday during the semi-annual meetings of the International Whaling Commission that take place this week in Florianópolis, Brazil.

While Japan argues that whale stocks have recovered sufficiently to allow for commercial hunting, conservationists contend whaling on the high seas has proven hard to manage.

It says it hopes that contemporary solutions - in conjunction with allowing measures to be adopted by easy, moderately than enormous, majority - would smash longstanding deadlocks and allow the worldwide locations who prize conservation and those who push for sustainable use of whales to "coexist".

Whaling: This year's IWC meeting is likely to be a polarised debate, with "pro-whaling" governments keen to undermine the ban on commercial whaling in any way possible, and "pro-whales" governments keen to defend it. Japan now kills whales under a provision that allows hunting for research purposes.

It is a proposal rejected by anti-whaling nations, which include the United Kingdom, fellow European Union members, Australia, New Zealand and hosts Brazil.

"Time after time, species after species has been brought to the point of extinction", said Patrick Ramage, director of marine conservation with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

It also wants to set up a "Sustainable Whaling Committee" which would create catch-quotas for nations wishing to allow their nationals to hunt healthy whale populations for commercial purposes. It could also happen that Japan withdraws the proposal or tries to negotiate the inclusion of parties in other proposals. The whale meat often ends up in restaurants. It revised the program and resumed the hunt in 2016.

Pro-whaling nations led by Japan argued there was no need for the sanctuary because no countries were conducting commercial whale hunting in South Atlantic

Instead, at the week-long meeting in Brazil, conservationists opposed to commercial whaling are "trying to rally anti-whaling nations behind a 'Florianopolis Declaration, ' which states that commercial whaling is no longer a necessary economic activity, favoring increased investment in whale watching", AFP reported.

"There have been several attempts at peacemaking; throughout the process I guess the discussion becomes more polite or organized".

"The Australian folk possess clearly made a call that they don't narrate that whaling is something that we can even merely quiet be venture within the twenty first century", talked about Anne Ruston, Australia's assistant minister for worldwide pattern and the Pacific, on the sidelines of Monday's conferences.

The commission declared a "pause" to commercial whaling beginning in the 1985-1986 season, but it remains in place today. Tokyo justified the practice as a part of scientific research, which was allowed by the moratorium.

Australia says that non-lethal research techniques actually reveal more information about whales than can be learned through killing them.

Officials on the archipelago say the hunts are conducted in accordance with global law and that it takes only a few seconds to kill each whale using a lance to break the spinal cord.

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