Conservation-minded delegates to
the week-long meeting said much is at stake for whales and decades of
international efforts to protect them.
Patrick Ramage, whale programme
director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), said: “Our
planet’s great whales face more threats today than at any time in history. It’s
time to get rid of commercial whaling, not the whaling ban.”
An IWC moratorium on commercial
whaling came into effect in 1986.