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Whaling Nearly Becomes Legal Again

Legal whaling is making a comeback:

A slim majority of nations on the International Whaling Commission voted Sunday in support of legalizing commercial whaling. The vote—33 for and 32 against, with one abstention—fell short of the three-quarters majority needed to overturn the 20-year ban on commercial whaling.

Is there undue influence and perhaps even corruption at work at this estimable international organization? Quoth Daniel Drezner:

In an effort to alter the status quo, Japan has attempted to pack the IWC membership with loyal votes, paying membership dues so microstates such as Dominica, Grenada, and the Solomon Islands can join. These countries have consistently supported Japan’s position in return for large dollops of official development assistance, preventing the creation of new sanctuaries for whales in the South Pacific. This, by the way, is why I love the IWC -- it's not that there isn't vote-buying in other venues (including the UN Security Council), it's just that the bribery at the IWC is so wonderfully blatant.

Who thought this would ever become an issue again? The world market for whale meat seems to be very limited - only the Japanese seem to value this delicacy. The legalization of whaling would not include endangered species such as the blue whale, so why all the blubbering?

Posted by Ken McCracken · 19 June 2006 05:42 PM


Posted by: rancid at June 20, 2006 12:16 AM

Yep! Whale, I just hope we don't get any whale damage with it...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at June 20, 2006 06:33 AM

Good luck with the floods to you good people in the Houston area.

If whale meat catches on and is widely accepted as a menu item, imagine the possibilities.
Moby Dick with special sauce.
Flipper Flambeau. (I know, he is not a whale, but close)
Grilled Blackened Blowhole.
Baleen Bits.

I apoligize, it was bad, hope I did not offend anyone.

Posted by: Eneils Bailey at June 20, 2006 02:32 PM

Shamu, shish kabobs...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at June 20, 2006 03:01 PM

I bet it would make a killer orca omlet!
Uh oh! EB, this is your fault...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at June 20, 2006 03:05 PM

I love Orca Omlets.
Squirt some Humpback hot sauce on it.

Posted by: Eneils Bailey at June 20, 2006 03:42 PM

You guys are silly!

And making me hungry . . .

Posted by: Ken McCracken at June 20, 2006 03:43 PM

Think we are silly now, just wait till ZZ gets started with the Sperm whale dishes.

Posted by: Eneils Bailey at June 20, 2006 03:55 PM

Imagine being called a Humpback, or a Killer, or A Sperm??? How embarassing for them! Afterall, they are warm blooded mammals. Just like you and me. Poor little fish. Uh, I mean mammals. Will loves sushi. He probably would try it! Eeeeeeeeeeeuooooooowa!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at June 20, 2006 06:17 PM

Oh I'd try whale if I had the chance - couldn't pass that up.

I have had dog, rat and goat before, so why not?

(none of them tasted like chicken, by the way)

Posted by: Ken McCracken at June 20, 2006 07:04 PM

Blaaaaa choke gag throw up hurl spew ick blaaaa blaaaa...!!!!!! eeeeeoooooooooooowah! Remind me not to ever go out to eat with you. Why did you do that? I don't want you to do that anymore ever again. Blaaa ick ooooow!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at June 21, 2006 07:50 AM

Norwegians eat whale as well.

Posted by: Thomas at June 21, 2006 11:04 AM

They snow ski alot too. BUT, that doesn't mean I am going to. Can you imagine, Kids! Dinner is ready! We are having Whale to night! It's sperm whale children. Your favorite!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at June 21, 2006 03:46 PM