IWC Heroes and Villains

Inside the IWC
Inside the IWC

Since the early 1990s accusations have been levelled against the Government of Japan that it was linking its overseas development aid (ODA) to the recruitment of other nation states to support its campaign for a resumption of commercial whaling.

Watching the voting patterns of the various Parties, a neutral observer new to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) would think that the world is equally split between the pro-conservation lobby and those that who are adamantly, and often vocally, committed to the support of commercial whaling. This polarity is often used to either accuse the IWC of being dysfunctional or as an excuse to claim the need to compromise to be able to move the IWC forward.

Japan, in seeking to launch its scientific whaling programme after the adoption of the IWC moratorium in the mid-1980s, also set about ensuring that it could overturn the majority opposition to its whaling within the IWC. This year it is even seeking to modify the moratorium but it relies on the support of its 'friends' at IWC.

Japan realised that whilst a three-quarters majority was maybe too difficult to achieve, a simple majority may be within reach. Japan strategy needed to block progressive conservation moves via a simple majority and, it realised, this would allow it to achieve politically supporting statements that would advance its case both within and without the IWC, whenever possible.

Japan, therefore, turned to its overseas development aid (ODA) budget as a new tool in the whaling debate. You can read a detailed discussion of Japan's vote buying in a previous blog.

The following chart is a snapshot of WDC's view as to the voting stance of current members of the IWC, and we shall modify as the various states actually vote this year. You can follow the results at Decisions Taken at IWC 2016.

If you come from one of the countries that are supporting the whalers, WDC would ask you to question why your country is adopting such a position? And if you disagree with them supporting the slaughter of whales and dolphins then make sure your government know that you want them to change their position.

To give you a head start, here are some of the heroes

Comments

Stop The Dolphins and Wales Slaughter in Japan!

Don't slaughter the Wales until the All Blacks play them.

Its 2016 we need as a world to get away from 'whaling' we need our oceans to be prolific in order for the earth an us to survive. Time to think forward and get out of the past. Start protecting the earth and nature before its too late.

We hope we are not too late. We absolutely agree with you that we need to have oceans that are thriving; we have lost something like 80% of the biomass of the world's whales from the oceans and whaling is just an industry that we no longer need, want or afford to tolerate.

I would like to see an article on ODA from anti whaling nations, surely one nation ( Japan ) cannot be providing more ODA to its "friends" than the combined ODA of anti whaling nations. If this is the case then tieing ODA from anti whaling to the vote at the IWC would end this farce.

I wonder here why we call ourselves “intelligent beings”. Slaughter and destruction don’t speak for intelligence but against it. We would hardly find more primitive behaviour on this planet than in our own population. And yet we put ourselves above the animal kingdom due to our “human intelligence”. How ironic. It is time for us to realize that we must grow out of that and start using our “human intelligence” to respect nature and learn from it. Isn’t that the actual challenge, development, evolution? Fortunately, some of us understand that and that subpopulation is the hope for all of us. Thumbs up and good luck humanity!
Whales are so much better than us.

All jokes aside, why does Mongolia and Laos have a vote at these meetings. It's not as if a Whale could ever swim in its backyard. The Caribbean also has too much say for a backward bunch of islands! And Chech out Kiribati and Tuvalu these 2 countries are about to be permanently flooded!! The fate of the Whales is in the hands of people who cannot even spell the word.

All jokes aside, why does Mongolia and Laos have a vote at these meetings. It's not as if a Whale could ever swim in its backyard. The Caribbean also has too much say for a backward bunch of islands! And Checkout Kiribati and Tuvalu these 2 countries are about to be permanently flooded!! The fate of the Whales is in the hands of people who cannot even spell the word.