Nations meet to decide fate of world’s whales
“The IWC is at a crucial crossroads,” said Patrick Ramage, head of IFAW’s Global Whale Campaign. “The emerging global consensus is that the IWC should be driven by conservation not killing,” he added.
Despite global outcry, Japan, Iceland and Norway continue to push for the global commercial hunting and trade of whales.
“We are hopeful that the great nation of Japan will reconsider its decision to harpoon 50 humpback whales this year in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary,” said Ramage. “Whales that are renowned for their acrobatic displays, drawing millions of whale watchers annually, and generating more than one billion dollars in income for coastal communities around the world,” he added.
One of the issues to be focused on at this year’s IWC meeting will be aboriginal subsistence whaling.
“IFAW does not campaign against aboriginal subsistence whaling,” said Ramage.
IFAW experts will be 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.