Japan’s Commercial Whaling Proposal Rejected by IWC
Japan has killed more than 8000 whales in the name of science since an IWC moratorium on commercial whaling came into force in 1986. 40 IWC resolutions critical of Japan’s research whaling have been passed by the IWC over the past 18 years. Earlier this year, Japan announced its intention to double its “scientific” whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary around Antarctica and add Fin and Humpback whales to its target list.
Note: Countries voting for the Japanese Commercial Whaling Proposal included: Antigua&Barbuda, Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Dominica, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea, Iceland, Japan, Mauritania, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Norway, Palau, Russia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Suriname, and Tuvalu.
Countries voting against the Japanese Commercial Whaling Proposal included: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Portugal, San Marino, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Countries abstaining included: China, Denmark, Kiribati, Korea, Morocco