Conservation or Compromise? Whaling Commission Meets at Crossroads
Japan has killed more than 15,000 whales since 1986, most in an internationally recognized whale sanctuary around Antarctica. Norway has killed more than 8,000 whales over the same period. After a 16 year hiatus, Iceland returned to commercial whaling in 2003 and earlier this month announced it had shipped whale meat to Japan, the first such international trade for more than a decade.
Since the global moratorium on commercial whaling in 1986:
- More than 30,000 whales have been killed for commercial purposes.
- The IWC has repeatedly passed resolutions calling on Japan to end its scientific whaling program.
- International panels of legal experts have found Japan’s whaling to be unlawful.
For more information on whaling and how to help protect whales visit www.stopwhaling.org. Watch video updates from the IWC meeting by IFAW’s Patrick Ramage on www.stopwhaling.org and on Friction.tv at http://www.friction.tv/ftv_partner.php?partner_id=34