Press Release - Smoke, Mirrors and Blubber: Whalers Closer 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" - The Report"

"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 report to be released this afternoon."

"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.

Liberal Democrats condemn attempts to undermine moratorium

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.

WDCS publishes commemorative book - Seasons of the Whale

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.

Brasil plans to propose South Atlantic whale sanctuary

BRASILIA, May 9, 1998. Reuters News Service reports that Brasil plans to propose the creation of a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic at a meeting next week of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the country's Foreign Ministry said.

'With the proposal to create a South Atlantic sanctuary, the idea is to guarantee the protection of various species of large whales in the mating areas and stimulate scientific research,' the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Norway allows whale meat to be exported

According to the 'Fish Info Service', Norway is surreptitiously allowing the export of whale meat. Fish Info Service reports that 'despite Norway's self-imposed ban on the export of whale meat, whale meat and sausages are being openly sold in a duty free shop in Oslo airport's departure lounge.

When Norway resumed commercial whaling in 1993 it said that there where no plans for export and, when asked, Norwegian officials said they where unaware of the airport sales.

Germany supports resumption of whaling?

Reports indicate that the German Government has done an astonishing U turn on the conservation of whales. Despite the fact that, in 1996, the German Parliament called upon the Government to 'continue to take a strong stance in favour of the protection of whale stocks', a statement from the German Government now reveals that Germany will consider supporting a proposal by Ireland which would result in the resumption of commercial whaling. The Irish Proposal will be tabled next week at the 5Oth annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Oman.


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