Caribbean Conservationists Issues “St. Kitts Declaration” as IWC Debates Fate of World’s Whales
The group, which included many whale watching tour operators, also committed to a revitalization of CaribWhale, a regional whale-watching network. The group announced it would promote the network and call on Caribbean governments to support the initiative.
Japan is expected to control a simple majority voting block at this year’s IWC meeting. IFAW and other local and international environmental organizations are concerned that this will be the first step towards the reopening of the commercial hunting and trade of whales.
“People thought whales were saved for good back in the 1970s. But if Japan controls the votes at this year’s IWC meeting, the global conservation community will be thrown back decades. Whales will no longer be saved. They will become marked targets,” IFAW’s Dr. Singh said.
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Editors: Caribbean conservationists on-site in St. Kitts are available for interview. Please visit www.ifaw.org for more information, and to download a copy of the “St. Kitts Declaration.”