Jun 8, 2006
The IWC was established in 1946 to conserve whales and regulate whaling. For the first time in its history, the pro-whaling nations have a voting majority. While this does not mean that Japan could overturn the ban on commercial whaling (which would require a ¾ vote), it does have serious implications for the work carried out at the meeting - - and for whales.
“Japan and Norway have already doubled their whaling quotas, and are planning to kill up to 2,000 whales this year. If they have their way, the pro-whaling nations could use this meeting to seize control of the agenda. This would mean that current items such as whale welfare, conservation and other critical issues will be erased from the agenda. The only discussion points will be ones that pro-whaling nations want to address. We're determined to keep that from happening,” said Susan Sherwin, Campaigns Manager for WSPA USA. Sherwin, along with many colleagues from the Whalewatch coalition, will be in St. Kitts for the IWC meeting.
The Whalewatch coalition, led by WSPA, is urging the IWC to address the welfare problems associated with modern day whaling activities and recognize that the whaling debate is not just about conservation, but also about animal suffering.
WSPA will be posting updates as the IWC meeting progresses, so please check this site frequently.
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