Japan Dealt Two Setbacks at WC

Countries opposed to commercial whale hunting won a surprise initial victory at the opening session of the International Whaling Commission’s annual meeting Friday, but conservationists warned that Japan could still take control before the session ends Tuesday.

Members voted 32 to 30 to address the issue of protecting dolphins and porpoises. However, the vote occurred before representatives of two of the small countries that pro-whaling Japan has been courting arrived at the meeting on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts.

A Japanese effort to introduce secret ballots in commission decisions