Japan has long butted heads with the International Whaling Commission, claiming that the body's strict antiwhaling regulations are an affront to whale-loving Japanese culture—and taste buds. Last week, however, the country's Fisheries Agency proposed a compromise that the whale-eating lobby may be able to stomach: allow the meat of beached whales to be used for human consumption. The agency claims the policy change—carcasses of whales that flop ashore must be incinerated or buried under current law—is motivated primarily by a need to save money. In January 2002, for example, officials spent more than $500,000 to dispose of 14 stranded sperm...
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