On the face of it, international arguments about whaling are simple. There is broad support for the view that hunting whales should be banned, and strong opposition from certain countries. Yet the arguments are in fact much more complex, and illustrate among other things the growing gap between the existing legal framework and the issues it is now called upon to deal with. This gap in turn reflects the increasing complexity of environmental debate, and in particular the tensions between traditional conservationism and approaches hostile to anthropocentrism. The article emphasises how this framework encounters difficulties in dealing with human issues of cultural diversity as well as the "multi-scale" nature of ecological dynamics. It concludes that, as debate has opened, the focus on urgent issues of conservation may have been lost.
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|International Social Science Journal
|Published - 1 Dec 2003