WDC's campaign to have Japan's continued whale slaughter raised as part of future trade negotiations between the EU and Japan took a big leap forward today after representatives from WDC were invited to address the EU’s own petitions committee.
Japan’s illegal trade in sei whale meat looks set to continue for now following a disappointing decision made at a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
CITES is an international agreement between governments that ensures international trade in specimens of wild animals does not threaten their survival, and it was hoped that Japan’s sei whale slaughter, which violates international regulations, would be ended at its latest Standing Committee meeting.
An annual hunt of minke whales off the coast of Japan resulted in the deaths of 35 whales this autumn, consisting of 22 males and 13 females, according to local news sources.
The whalers had been hoping to hunt 77 whales but poor weather hampered their efforts. During the summer, another 50 whales were killed in coastal waters.
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Following many years of effort by WDC’s Stop Whaling team, together with some great work from other NGOs including Humane Society International, an overwhelming majority of EU parliamentarians have voted today in favour of a resolution to end whale meat being moved by whalers through EU ports.
This is great news but there is lot more work for us to do to turn this support into a legal ban on transiting whale meat through the EU. We will keep you updated on how you can help us keep up the pressure.
It has emerged that UK Government Environment Secretary, Michael Gove will visit countries including the Faroes and Iceland this week to discuss potential fisheries deals, causing WDC and others groups to call for him to use the visits to pressure both nations to end their annual slaughter of whales.