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August 03, 1986

Your news brief (July 29) regarding an angry Iceland's suspension of whaling (to avoid U.S. trade sanctions) states that her whale-catching is for research purposes. That is not accurate.

"Research purposes" should be in quotes to signify a special usage of that term. By calling her commercial whaling ventures "research" Iceland makes unfair use of a loophole in the rules of the International Whaling Commission and attempts to avoid a 5-year worldwide ban on commercial whaling.

MAGGIE BLANKLEY

Los Angeles

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