Whaling Nations Block South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary

whale sanctuary voted against

At a 3 day meeting ending on Friday 28th October, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) met in Portoroz, Slovenia to discuss and vote on the proposal for a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary; was first proposed by Brazil and Argentina in 2001. Since then it has suffered a series of set-backs and delays. It was ultimately voted against because of pressure and bribes by Japan, an extremely pro-whaling country, along with three other whale killing nations Norway, Denmark and Russia. The vote in favour came to just 60%, a long way short of the 75% needed to pass.

The result was as follows: Failed with 38 for the sanctuary, 24 against and two abstentions. Kenya abandoned its conservation stance and voted with Japan.

The marine conservation organisation Sea Shepherd were mentioned by the Japanese as being the only true opposition to their whaling in the Southern Ocean.

The following is a summary of the voting in the words of Captain Paul Watson from Sea Shepherd:

“The South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary was once again voted down at this weeks 66th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission because of pressure and bribes by Japan with the help of the other three whale killing nations of Norway, Denmark and Russia. Most of the nations that voted against the sanctuary do not border the South Atlantic and none of the ones that do, conduct whaling just good little Japanese vassals voting how Japan instructed them to vote.”

“Once again the IWC has demonstrated that it is incompetent and corrupt. The conservation of the world’s whales should come under the authority of the United Nations and taken away from this pathetic little club that is incapable of enforcing any of it’s decisions when it actually does make a decision.”

“Although there was not the two-thirds majority vote needed to create the sanctuary, it really does not make a difference. Creating a sanctuary does not really mean the whales will be protected as Japan has demonstrated for the last 30 years in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.”

“The Good (38)

Argentina – a very strong defender of whales
Australia – a strong defender of whales
Austria – a strong defender of whales.
Belgium – a strong defender of whales
Brazil – a very strong defender of whales and the nation that proposed the sanctuary.
Chile – a strong defender of whales
Colombia – a strong defender of whales
Costa Rica – they will defend whales but not sharks and turtles.
Croatia – a strong defender of whales
Czech Republic – a strong defender of whales
Denmark – Reluctantly voted with the other EU members much to the annoyance of the Faroe Islands and Greenland which thankfully do not have the right to vote.
Dominican Republic
Estonia – A defender of whales
Finland – a strong defender of whales
France – a very strong defender of whales
Gabon – a strong defender of whales
Germany – a strong defender of whales
Hungary – a strong defender of whales
India – a strong defender of whales
Ireland – a strong defender of whales
Israel – a strong defender of whales
Italy – a strong defender of whales
Luxembourg – a strong defender of whales
Mexico – a strong defender of whales
Monaco – a very strong defender of whales
Netherlands – a strong defender of whales
New Zealand – a very strong defender of whales
Poland – a strong defender of whales
Romania – a strong defender of whales
San Marino – a strong defender of whales
Slovak Republic – a strong defender of whales
Slovenia The host nation – a strong defender of whales
South Africa – a strong defender of whales
Spain – a defender of whales
Sweden – a strong defender of whales
Switzerland – a strong defender of whales
Uraguay – a strong defender of whales
U.K. – a strong defender of whales
U.S.A. – a defender of whales. However the U.S. is compromised by their support for Alaskan whaling and their support for the Japanese whalers by the U.S. Courts. Japan has put a great deal of pressure on the U.S.A. but not enough for America to turn on the other pro-conservation members”

“The Bad (4) These four nations are the sworn enemies of the world’s whales and although not one of them borders the South Atlantic they voted against the sanctuary and campaigned strongly to convince and bribe the other Ugly nations to vote against it also.

Japan
Norway
Iceland
Russia”

“The Ugly (20) These 20 nations are primarily Japanese puppets who have whored out their vote and betrayed the whales in exchange for money. Most of them have their IWC dues, their travel, hotels and meals paid by Japan in addition to a few brown envelopes filled with cash. It’s a form of Japanese colonialism in the West Indies, the South Pacific and Africa. And Mongolia attending is a Japanese sponsored joke. There are no whales in the Gobi desert. These Pacific island nations are pathetic. They whine about rising sea levels threatening their island nations but have no problem is contributing to the diminishment of life in the sea.

Antigua & Barbuda – Very pro-whaling
Benin – a Japanese puppet nation
Cambodia – a Japanese puppet nation
Eritrea – a Japanese puppet nation
Ghana – a Japanese puppet nation
Republic of Guinea – a Japanese puppet nation
Kenya – a Japanese puppet nation
Kiribati – a Japanese puppet nation
Korea – very pro-whaling and actively whaling
Ivory Coast – a Japanese puppet nation
Laos – a Japanese puppet nation
Mongolia – a Japanese puppet nation – all expenses paid by Tokyo
Morocco – a Japanese puppet nation
Mauritania – a Japanese puppet nation
Nauru – a Japanese puppet nation
St. Kitts and Nevis – a Japanese puppet nation
St. Lucia – a Japanese puppet nation and a killer of pilot whales
Suriname – a Japanese puppet nation
Tanzania – a Japanese puppet nation
Tuvalu – a Japanese puppet nation”

“The Apathetic No Shows – These 7 nations could not be bothered to show up. Not sure why they are even members of the IWC. I would have thought China would have shown up just to vote against Japan and it is disappointing that they did not.

China
Guatemala
Lithuania
Marshall Islands
Nicaragua
Peru
Portugal”

“Cowards – These two abstained. Worried about their tourist industry especially St. Vincent and the Grenadines where they kill whales (Humpbacks, pilot whales and Orcas) By abstaining they are hoping the world will not notice their a whaling nation.

Grenada – worried about Japan and tourism so decided to not take a stand.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a whale killing nation.”

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Japan Fails To Justify New Whale Hunt

minke whale

Independent experts have found that Japan has failed to justify a new hunt of nearly 4,000 whales; 330 Minke whales per annum in a 12 year program, on top of the almost 10,000 already killed under the guise of its ‘scientific’ program.

The IWC panel said in a report that Japan failed to provide enough information to determine whether killing more minke whales was necessary to meet the research objectives.

“Japan, looking at international law and scientific grounds, will engage in research of whaling in order to collect the indispensable scientific information in order to manage the whale resources,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated.

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