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David @ Tokyo

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Pre-IWC salvos

Australia has been saying in recent times that it isn't prepared to "write out a blank cheque" with regards to (ostensible) negotiations that have been going on at the IWC.

This is a strange thing to say, since for almost as long as I've been alive it's the nations in favour of sustainable use that are unhappy, and have been threatening to leave the IWC or look at other options if nothing changes.

This press release below suggests that the link between the Australian government's apparent impatience may have more to do with upcoming elections, than a real disatisfaction with the way things stand at the IWC.

Would you ever have thought it!

Australian Anti-Whaling Proposal Criticized

Australian Anti-Whaling Proposal Criticized

A last-ditch proposal by the Government of Australia to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) will undermine efforts to reform the organization and is likely to bring about its demise, representatives of a group of nations supporting the legitimate sustainable use and conservation of cetaceans said today.

After two years of careful negotiations, a draft plan aimed at resolving a long-standing impasse that has prevented the IWC from undertaking its role in the conservation and management of the world’s whale stocks was released on Tuesday by the IWC Chairman Cristian Maquieira. The Government of Australia has been an active participant in discussions and negotiations in the formulation of this plan. In fact, Australia’s views have been clearly articulated in the text of the draft plan.

At its meeting, the sustainable use group said that Australia’s rejection of the draft plan and the member nation’s self-serving demands will derail the consensus-building atmosphere being observed by other IWC members.

It is clear that Australia’s proposal will be unacceptable to members of the Commission and may take the IWC back to where opposing positions were firmly entrenched and which all agreed were unacceptable.

It is disappointing that the Government of Australia is prepared to risk destroying the intensive efforts to return the IWC as an effective international decision-making forum for the conservation and management of whales in favor of a proposal that reflects only their narrow domestic election purposes.




Tell your poaching friends to keep their damned illegally caught whale meat off our shores. How do you people support this and not feel like scumbags?
The whales were in fact caught legally, in accordance with the terms of Article VIII of the international convention for the regulation of whaling.

That whale products of Japanese origin were able to enter the USA and South Korea is an issue for customs controls in those two countries.
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