IWC Meeting: Making it Harder for 'Scientific' Whaling Nations to Kill Whales

 
Matt Collis, IFAW’s International Whaling Commission (IWC) Team Leader tells us why a technical rule change at the 66th IWC will increase protection for whales by making it more difficult for whaling nations to issue themselves scientific permits.
 
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On the afternoon of day four of the International Whaling Commission meeting, a vote to modify the way special scientific whaling permits are granted was taken and adopted. The practical outcome of this rule modification is that individual nations can no longer issue ‘special permits’ for scientific whaling to themselves, they must receive the permit from the IWC Scientific Committee, thereby increasing protectin for whales.
 
 
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--MC

 

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