International Humanity

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Conflict over Japanese Whaling with New Zealand and Australia

Posted by alexfrancis on March 1, 2007

The Japanese are continuing to assert their commitment to whale hunting despite the criticism it is facing from New Zealand and Australia. One Japan fishing boat caught on fire while hunting whales near Antarctica and could have resulted in an ecological disaster. Nevertheless, the Japanese remain consistent in their stance of pro-whaling.

Their viewpoint comes from the belief that they are performing scientific research on whale populations, feeding habits, distribution of the mammals in the seas near Antarctica for the International Whaling Commission, an inter-governmental organization that promotes cooperation between countries throughout the world that hunt whales using scientific research. (

 The International Whaling Commission is sanctioning the decision of the Japanese to hunt near Antarctica, despite fierce protesting in New Zealand and Australia. This demonstrates the ability of IGO’s to act as policemen between different countries when faced with differences in opinion over specific issues.

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