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Sustainable development and the International Whaling Commission's moratorium on commercial whaling

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Tim Gray


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To many observers, the moratorium on commercial whaling, which came - into force under the aegis of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 1986, is both a moral and an environmental victory. Moreover, many governments have found it to be an advantageous, easy and costless policy to support. However, a critical analysis of the diverse viewpoints of IWC member states, especially those expressed by the delegations of the United Kingdom, Norway and Japan at the 1996 Annual Meeting of the IWC in Aberdeen, raises doubts about the moral and practical coherence of the arguments supporting the continuation of the moratorium. In this paper, these doubts will be rehearsed, and an alternative policy to that of the moratorium - sustainable resource management - is put forward as founded on a more coherent moral and practicable basis. © 1998 Carfax Publishing Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Cotterrell L, Gray TS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Ethics, Place and Environment

Year: 1998

Volume: 1

Issue: 2

Pages: 183-195

ISSN (print): 1366-879X

ISSN (electronic): 1469-6703

Publisher: Routledge