The impacts of whaling are not restricted to just whales any more. This unsustainable and cruel practice has not only ravaged whale populations across the world but is also contributing to a host of other problems such as global warming, the deterioration of marine eco-systems, noise pollution from sonar weaponry and its impact on oceanic life. Research also goes on to indicate that the bodies of most whales are contaminated with organochlorines such as PCBs and may not even be suitable for consumption. Despite these accumulating threats, an increasing number of nations in the International Whaling Commission (IWC) are voting for an immediate resumption of commercial whaling. While Japan leads shamelessly, along with Iceland and Norway, Some of the new countries include Benin, Gabon, Tuvalu and Nauru.
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