Report on day 1 of the 50th meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Oman:
IWC GETS NASTY: AN OPENING DAY OF HYPOCRISY
Historically, in managing certain aboriginal subsistence hunts, the IWC has set the limit on the number of whales which may be struck and lost. This was achieved by placing a cap on total allowable landings and by setting a struck and loss rate. By reducing the allowable 'struck rate' over time, improvements in hunting skill, and increased consideration for the welfare of the whales, is encouraged. (This situation is addressed in detail in the WDCS briefing on Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling).
The 50th meeting of the IWC will open tomorrow with a resuscitation of the Irish Proposal which was tabled and rejected at the last meeting. Supporters of the proposal claim that it was killed by the whalers, who are resisting their good faith attempts to bring whaling back under the control of the Commission. WDCS believes, however, that the Proposal's supporters are being duped by the protestations of Norway and Japan, and that the Irish Proposal is exactly what they want.
SMOKE, MIRRORS AND BLUBBER: WHALERS NEAR TO ACHIEVING GOAL
WDCS believes that many of the nations gathered at the 50th meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Oman starting on May 16th are being duped by Norway and Japan's plan to achieve a resumption of legitimised commercial whaling:
"The Dolphin Traders" is now available. For a full copy of our in-depth report into the trade of bottlenose dolphins from the Black Sea region please download the attached file (word 6 format).
For further information about the report please contact WDCS.
"The Dolphin Traders"
WDCS is to release this controversial report detailing the fate of Soviet military dolphins and wild-caught dolphins from the Black Sea.
WDCS will be posting the report onto its web-site this afternoon at 3.00 p.m. The report highlights the trade of ex-military and wild dolphins from the Black Sea to institutions around the world. Its finding include:
Of the 43 dolphins tracked, 20 are now dead, but further information indicates that another 3 are also dead.
Norman Baker, the Liberal Democrat Environment spokesperson, has today condemned the recent increase in whaling by Japan and Norway in the run up to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Oman commencing on May 16th. He has also tabled an Early Day Motion entitled Whaling by Japan and Norway, number 1307.
Seasons of the Whale by Erich Hoyt
On 15th May 1998, a special commemorative book will be officially published by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, distributed by Colin Baxter Photography. The stories told in the book feature some of the fascinating scientific and conservation efforts supported by the society, but the book is told largely from the point of view of the whales and dolphins themselves.