Nations asked to put differences aside at international whaling meeting

Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Anchorage, Alaska
Representatives from 75 nations convening for the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) today debated the future of the forum. The 59th annual IWC meeting has thus far been characterized by conciliatory tone and calls for ending the deadlock between pro-whaling and anti-whaling nations.
Dr. Joth Singh, IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) Director of Wildlife and Habitat said from the floor of the meeting, “We welcome the call for IWC member nations to work together respectfully.  A good first step would be for Japan, Iceland and Norway to respect the IWC moratorium on commercial whaling and stop their expanding whaling.”
 
“The Government of Japan has now indicated it may reconsider its plan to kill 50 humpback whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary around Antarctica later this year.  This would be a very important signal,” added Singh.  “We can save these creatures in the 21st century if all involved here engage each other and these issues in good faith,” Singh said.
 
IFAW experts are attending this year’s meeting of the IWC. To learn more about IFAW’s global campaign to protect whales, and how you can join this important campaign, visit www.stopwhaling.org today.

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