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International commission rejects Japanese attempt to lift whaling ban

Conservationists are celebrating a major victory with a vote at this year’s 67th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) that shut down an attempt by Japan to resume commercial whaling.

The IWC, which is made up of many nations, is the decision making body of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. It was first established back in 1946 to preserve whales and manage populations for whaling, but it later instituted a moratorium on commercial whaling that went into effect in 1986.

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