Environment: Help for Whales

Once every 17 minutes, a great whale is killed, its back blown open by a grenade-tipped harpoon, its blood spewing into the ocean. The chief purpose: the manufacture of cosmetics, margarine, transmission oil and pet food.

To regulate the slaughter, the 14 nations of the International Whaling Commission* meet annually. For the most part, they listen to the Japanese and the Russians, who account for almost 90% of the whales killed every year, explain why they have a right to "harvest" yet more of the world's largest animals. At this year's meeting in London,...

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