IWC Rejects Japanese Scientific Whaling Proposal
“We’re encouraged by today’s vote, but the fact remains that thousands of whales will face Japanese harpoons later this year,” said Dr. Joth Singh, IFAW Director of Wildlife and Habitat. Japan’s attempt to dress up its commercial whaling is an insult to modern science. It’s good the IWC didn’t take the bait.”
Today’s vote marks the 41st time the global body has passed a resolution critical of Japan’s scientific whaling program. “It’s time for the Japanese Government to respect the rest of the world and the IWC, said Dr. Singh. It’s time to stop whaling.”
Countries voting against Japan’s whaling plan
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Portugal, Slovak Republic, San Marino, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Countries voting in support of Japan’s
whaling plan included:
Antigua & Barbuda, Benin, Cameroon, China, Ivory Coast, Dominica, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea, Iceland, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Mauritania, Mongolia, Morocco, Nauru, Nicaragua, Norway, Palau, Russia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Senegal, Suriname, Tuvalu.