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Whaling Commission Meeting Ends for 2012

Whaling Commission Meeting Ends for 2012

Changes that would have encouraged collaboration with the United Nations to further protect whales and dolphins in the high seas could not be agreed on by governments attending the final day of the International Whaling Commission meeting in Panama. Opposition from the whaling nations blocked consensus resulting in Monaco withdrawing its proposal and inviting countries…

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South Korea hints at a return to whaling

As the International Whaling Commission (IWC) talks in Panama entered their third day, representatives from the South Korean government took steps towards a return to whaling by announcing that they would be considering so called ‘scientific’ hunts in the future. The IWC’s founding treaty, the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW), allows contracting…

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Denmark talks of killing whales with 'baseball bats'

The most scary comments must come from the Danish delegation in their defence of the practice of feeding tourists with whales meant for aboriginal people. As reported by Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Denmark’s envoy Ole Samsing said that Greenland had a longstanding “non-racial” policy of not prohibiting ethnic groups from eating whale. He also rejected charges…

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US and Russia act as cover for St. Vincent ASW proposal

The last subject to be introduced in yesterday’s meeting was the ASW quota proposal for the US, Russian Federation and St Vincent and the Grenadines. The proposal was presented by the USA. There have been discussions around the meeting about the fact that these three quotas were presented together: nobody doubts that Alaskan and Russian…

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A Happy Return To/For The Blue … !

On the day that the 64th annual IWC meeting starts in Panama there is some good news surrounding one of the ocean’s giants. Normally when an animal the size of a blue whale strands, people scratch their heads and say not much can be done to save it, but when exactly this happened in the…

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Pro-whaling Nations Block Whale Sanctuary

The main agenda item on the opening day at this year’s IWC meeting in Panama has already caused controversy, as a Latin American-led proposal to declare the South Atlantic a whale sanctuary has been rejected after the pro-whaling nations and their allies blocked its progress.  The South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary would promote conservation efforts aimed…

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