Whaling Commission Saved, Whales Still in Trouble
“The conservation majority at the IWC is saved, but the whales are not. Japan is killing hundreds of whales right now in the North Pacific and plans to kill a thousand more in an IWC sanctuary around Antarctica later this year,” said Dr. Joth Singh, IFAW Director of Wildlife and Habitat. “This week’s rhetoric was encouraging, but meaningful action by other countries is needed to stop Japan’s slaughter in the name of science.”
Japan was disappointed in its bid to deliver majority support for any of its whaling proposals here, but its spokesperson vowed to that “the reversal of history -- the turning point is soon to come” in the global body, which maintained a narrow majority in favor of whale conservation throughout this week’s meeting. Four new members –Nauru, Gambia, Togo and Cameroon joined the IWC days prior to this week’s meeting. Japan has indicated it expects more new members to join before the next IWC annual meeting to be held in St. Kitts and Nevis next year.