March 09, 2007

Japan vs. Alaskan Natives

Whale-sized showdown headed for AnchorageJapan could try to end Alaska Native hunting rights during the International Whaling Commission meeting in Anchorage if coastal villagers in that nation are not allowed similar privileges, one American official said.

Japan could try to solicit enough votes from members to block Alaska's North Slope and St. Lawrence Island Eskimos from hunting and killing small numbers of endangered bowhead whales, said William Hogarth, director of the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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