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Whaling moratorium talks break down

Talks on replacing a moratorium on whaling with a controlled cull have broken down and will likely be suspended for a year, delegates said on Wednesday. Full story

Japanese vote buying is the buzz of whaling meet

Accusations that Japan uses aid money and personal favors to buy votes have quietly circulated for years around the International Whaling Commission, which oversees the conservation of the whales that Japan regularly hunts. Full story

Whaling commission ponders suspending hunting ban

The International Whaling Commission is holding its most important meeting in decades, as nations ponder whether to suspend the porous 25-year ban on commercial hunting in favor of a more enforceable regime of limited whaling. Full story

Nations divided over lifting ban on whale hunt

A showdown looms this week over the 25-year ban on commercial whaling: Should it be eased, which might mean fewer whales are killed? Or should it remain — leaving Japan, Norway and Iceland to hunt down as many whales as they want? Full story

Future of commercial whaling ban rests with Japan

Nations will next week consider whether to sanction commercial whale hunts for the first time in a quarter-century, a compromise to coax Japan into ending an annual cull of hundreds of the sea mammals in a sanctuary in the Antarctic. Full story

The last whalers of Indonesia

The villagers of Lamalera have hunted whales, sharks and dolphins for the last 500 years. Conservation concerns are putting their way of life at risk.

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