Sharpening The Harpoons

As nations reaffirm the moratorium on whaling, Norway plans to defy the ban -- and faces boycotts

Cries of "Save the whales!" are once again echoing around the globe. Several environmental groups have sponsored newspaper ads urging Congress to bar Norwegian seafood from American markets, and some U.S. travel agencies are faxing letters to Norway, warning that travelers will shun the fjords in the future. The source of their wrath: Norway's threat to resume commercial hunting of minke whales, which its Cabinet is expected to act on this week.

If Norway lets the harpoons fly once again, it will be an act of defiance toward the International Whaling Commission, which reaffirmed a seven-year-old hunting ban at a meeting...

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