AR-News: (Pakistan) Stop whaling, animal welfare groups urge world

Animalara2003 at Animalara2003 at
Sun Mar 21 18:31:31 EST 2004

 Monday, March 22, 2004 

Saying that harpoons mean unacceptable cruelty in slaughtering whales, animal 
welfare groups launched a global campaign to outlaw hunts of the biggest 
creatures on the planet. 

"There is no humane way to kill a whale," said Peter Davies, director-general 
of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), among leaders of a 
coalition of 200 groups in 58 nations behind a 150-page report on whaling. 

Titled Troubled Waters, it criticised a lack of international rules on hunts 
by major whaling nations - Japan, Norway, and Iceland. It estimated that 
whales died on average two minutes after they are hit by grenade-tipped harpoons. 

"On grounds of animal welfare alone...all whaling operations should be 
halted," it said, adding that about 20,000 whales had been harpooned since an 
International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium took effect in 1986. Another 1,400 
would die in 2004. 

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