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"Whales of Distinction: Old specimens now declared a new species" (SN: 11/22/03, p. 326: Whales of Distinction: Old specimens now declared a new species) refers to "Japanese research-whaling ships" that "capture" whales. Reputable scientists and environmentalists agree that the Japanese whaling industry operates primarily for slaughter, not research, in violation of antiwhaling treaties respected by virtually all nations. Science News shouldn't use the propaganda terms favored by those who would drive cetaceans to extinction.

Ken Paff
Detroit, Mich.

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