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The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has rejected Japan’s recent proposal to nullify the moratorium on commercial whaling! The attack on the global moratorium has attracted criticism from around the globe – and it is now fortunately off the table. According to reports from Humane Society International (HSI), with no consensus on the proposal, Japan pushed for a vote on the package, which required a three-fourths majority to pass. The proposals got only 27 votes in support, while 41 countries voted against and two abstained from a vote.

The proposal advanced by Japan undermined the prohibition on commercial whaling which dates back to the 1980s. Among other recommendations, the proposal suggested establishing a process to determine catch limits for what the country called “abundant whale stocks/species,” despite the fact that the country has illegally killed protected whales in the past and has infamously failed to submit welfare data to the IWC for over a decade. A shocking investigation found whales killed in Japan’s Antarctic hunt have taken up to half an hour to die, which is unimaginably cruel.

“It is an immense relief that the IWC’s moral compass has led it to reject Japan’s reckless and retrograde attempt to bring back commercial whaling,” said Kitty Block, President of HSI. “What Japan tried to do here was to bend and break the rules of the IWC to lift an internationally-agreed ban on killing whales for profit. It deserved to fail; the world has moved on from commercial whaling, and so must Japan. We hope that the IWC can now get on with the business of protecting these ocean leviathans from the myriad other threats they face.”

Being the first country to rebut Japan’s proposal, Australia described commercial whaling as “a business proposition against which many parties hold legitimate environmental and welfare concerns.” The countries voting against the package also included Argentina and the IWC’s 24 European Union member states.

“The IWC has a large, expanding and impressive marine conservation agenda, bringing countries together to find ways to protect whales from problems like bycatch and pollution,” said Nick Gales, Australia’s Commissioner. “Against that important and urgent backdrop, Japan’s pro-whaling ambitions look regressive and vastly out of step with enlightened global efforts to act as stewards for the world’s largest mammals. It’s clear from exchanges this week that those countries here fighting for the protection of whales are not prepared to have the IWC’s progressive conservation agenda held hostage to Japan’s unreasonable whaling demands.”

The IWC’s decision is fantastic news for whales – animals who already must struggle against a number of threats and would severely suffer from an immense added strain of commercial whaling.

Image source: YanceTAY/Pixabay

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0 comments on “Yes! International Whaling Commission Rejected Japan’s Proposal to Resume Commercial Whaling”

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Muriel Servaege
7 Days ago

The Japanese won\'t stop whaling, anyway. So what\'s the use of allowing them to resume commercial whaling?

Vic Cherikoff
8 Days ago

Time for trade sanctions and embargoes on japanese exports until they dismantle their fleet of killing factories. Why muck around with a section of such a stupid industry? Let\'s also remember that it was the Americans who taught the Japanese to kill whales after the war when beef was no longer readily available.

8 Days ago

How much meat do the Japanese think they need to eat to make their lives worthwhile? Eating every fish in the oceans isn\'t enough for them. Eating every chicken and duck isn\'t enough for them. Eating every pig and hog isn\'t enough for them. Eating every cow, horse, lamb, goat isn\'t enough for them.

Pamela Tate
8 Days ago

What is the matter with these nutters, always wanting to kill wonderful creatures, as painfully as possible.Can I suggest they take up gardening, decorating,, some charity work, do something bloody normal, leave these animals to get on with their lives!

pat lukensmeyer
8 Days ago

Now let\'s get Iceland to stop whaling too.

Jeff Biss
8 Days ago

Whalers should be eliminated, they are evil.


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