Let Them Eat Beef

Starting in January, Japan joined an international moratorium on all commercial whaling. But last week a small Japanese expedition began killing minke whales off the coast of Antarctica. The goal: a catch of 300 whales. U.S. Commerce Secretary William Verity immediately declared Japan in violation of its agreement to observe the moratorium. Under U.S. law, Verity may recommend that President Reagan impose trade sanctions on Japan. If that & happens, the President must either impose the sanctions or explain to Congress why such action is not warranted. Japanese officials called Verity's pronouncement "extremely regrettable" and expressed hope that the issue would...

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