Belize Votes The Way of the Whales

Japan had courted Belize in the hope of getting our vote to lift a ban on commercial whaling. Well the courtship failed. Today Belize along with 31 other countries voted against a move by Japan to remove the issue of hunting of dolphins and porpoises from the agenda of the International Whaling Commission's annual meeting. It's not a vote on lifting the ban but the 32-30 voting against the proposal by Japan demonstrates that pro-whaling countries have not been able to secure control of the commission.