KILLING ZONES FOR WHALES ARE
NO PARADISE FOR
TOURISTS NO PARADISE
UPDATE IWC 2003
IWC - REPORT 2003
Date: 6/11/2003 10:52:42 AM
By: Andy Ottaway <email@example.com
The latest reports are that Belize and Nicaragua have arrived to support Japan.
Voting will be tight again and there is no certainty of anything. No new friends
for the whales, of course.
The Infractions Committee met yesterday and it was really depressing to see how
impotent the IWC is and how contemptuous the whalers are.
St Vincent were absent to answer questions about yet another illegal killing of
a humpback calf. They still have no domestic whaling laws in place despite this
being a condition of their increased quota of 4 whales per year for 5 years,
agreed in Shimonoseki last year.
Japan has new laws which allow whales in nets to be killed and sold.
This was heavily criticized as an obvious infraction and violation of the
moratorium. Japan, supported by Norway, said the IWC has no competence in this
area. In 2000, 29 whales were reported as bycatch in Japan. Since the new law
was introduced this has soared to 123 caught and 119 killed.
In Iceland a humpback whale was entangled and the meat was sold in Supermarkets.
Like Japan and Norway, Iceland said that selling this ‘bycatch’ was not an
infraction. Whale meat is common in Iceland and illegal whaling is believed to
have continued in the north throughout the moratorium.
In Korea, illegal whaling is reported to be increasing with ‘bycaught’
minkes worth up to an estimated $40,000 US each. Organised crime is believed to
be involved because the number of bycaught whales - about 3-4 per month has
declined and the price of whale meat has escalated. Korea admitted that there is
a substantial bycatch problem but supported by Japan and Norway said the issue
was ‘not appropriate’ to discuss at the IWC. There is now every incentive
for fishermen to kill rather than release whales caught in nets and, as usual,
the IWC is powerless to stop it.
In 2002, 32 killer whales were killed in Greenland and 2 more have been killed
this year so far. Orcas are protected by the moratorium but little action will
be taken. There are also reports that Greenland is investigating trading whale
meat for blubber with Norway which would be a violation of CITES and its
aboriginal subsistence status at the IWC.
In the Faroes, six bottlenose whales were killed last year which is an
infraction as these animals fall under the IWC ban.
The Faroese delegate is not here yet but Denmark argued that these whales simply
stranded and were simply euthanised. No action will be taken.
Finally, today in the Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling Sub-Committee meeting
for the IWC to delete the words ‘whose needs have been recognised by the
IWC’ from their
grey/bowhead quota claiming it is discriminatory’ as no other AbSub quota has
TO THESE WORDS WITH A SCHEDULE AMENDMENT IN PLENARY WOULD NEED A ¾ MAJORITY BUT
IT WOULD OF COURSE BE VERY HELPFUL TO THE US IN THEIR DOMESTIC LAWSUITS OVER THE
for the Global Whale Alliance
KILLING ZONES FOR WHALES ARE
NO PARADISE FOR
TOURISTS NO PARADISE
Call to protest against
Japan, Norway and the Faeroe- Islands as well as Denmark at the ITB 2002
Also this year nations and the travel industry have invited to visit
them at the International Tourism Fair (ITB) in Berlin / Germany. Even the
Whale Killer Nations have asked you to see them. That should be used to tell the
representatives of these "Con-States in whale protection", who present
themselves without any shame, your personal opinion and to cancel any agreements
NOT MAKE HOLIDAYS IN A COUNTRY, WHICH DOES MASSACRE
- is already the call of millions of
This also should be the message from you, which the representatives of
Japan, Norway and Denmark (Faroe-Islands) should - together with empty order
books - carry home to their states. Again and again everybody has to do this and
as long as the slaughter of the whales is not stopped.
one of the most important global tourism trade fairs the ITB will be held from
16. until the 20. March 2002 in Berlin. All whaling nations have one common
denominator: They ignore the wish of the vast majority of the world population,
which demands to just leave the whales in peace.
Norway, exhibiting in Hall 18, Stand Nr.
ignores since 1986 the internationally agreed moratorium to stop any commercial
whaling and slaughters every year hundreds of Minke whales.
Since the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has forbidden to catch
whales, Norway just permits itself and determines its own whaling quota.
International agreements are pushed aside by Norway without any hesitation.
Reason is the lucrative business to (illegally) export whale meat. Though
the export of whale meat and blubber (the solid fat under the skin of whales)
deriving from internationally protected whale species is strictly forbidden,
continuous illegal trade and smuggle mainly to Japan were and are uncovered.
Meanwhile Japan does not even cover any longer such open violation of the
import and trade prohibitions agreed by CITES (the Convention on International
Trade of Endangered wild Species of fauna and flora) concerning any whale
product. Japan's renowned "Asahi Shimbun" newspaper reported on 3rd March 2002
that several tons of whale meat had already arrived in Japanese harbours from
Norway and one would just have to wait until the sale would be given its
The Faeroe Islands, exhibiting in Hall 18, Stand Nr.
08, are responsible
for the most cruel whale massacres world-wide. Every year more than 1000 Pilote
whales are slaughtered around these islands without any need or necessity. The
Faeroe Islands have as a protectorate semi-autonomy under the European Union
State of Denmark.Whole family pods of whales are driven by motorboats into flat
bays, where their heads are severed with long machetes, while the whales are
fully conscious. Though such cruel deeds are strictly prohibited in any state of
the European Union, the government of Denmark does simply NOTHING to stop that
blood bath, which has been criticized massively since several years. The IWC
conferences have several times officially condemned that whale slaughter at the
Danish Faeroe Islands. But in blunt disregard of such decisions and against all
the protest of the world, the people of the Faeroe Islands continue to slaughter
the Pilot whales and dolphins. DETAILED INFORMATION see: http://www.ecop.info
Japan, the WHALE KILLER No. ONE, which can be found
at Hall 26a,
Stand Nr. 19, is
world-wide the driving force behind the ongoing whale slaughter. The
international prohibition to kill whales is circumvented by Japan under the
disguise of "science". The Japanese just laugh about the IWC, while they are
shooting these peaceful sea mammals by firing explosive harpoons from high-tec
cannons into endangered whales.
negotiations and agreements to establish protection zones for whales are
attacked by Japan and already established and recognized sanctuaries are
neglected by the Japanese. Every year Japan does send its floating
slaughterhouses into the internationally recognized protection areas of the
Antarctic. Even there the Japanese kill hundreds of protected whales and show no
respect whatsoever for the calls by the international community to protect the
whales. Japan shows clearly that it simply doesn't care about what the humane
global community wants.
World-wide protests of conservationists and animal
rights groups are likewise ignored as the official protest notes from the IWC or
from concerned governments. This year Japan wants to kill nearly double the
number of whales than it killed last year. Not only Minke whales, but also the
large Sperm whales, Bryde’s whales and even the endangered Sei whales shall fall
prey to the insaturable desire for whale meat of the some rich people in Japan.
In order to continue the exhaustive exploitation of the whales, Japan has been
found bribing the numerous poor IWC member states of underdeveloped nations and
to threaten them with the withdrawal of economic or development aid in order to
vote for that what Japan wants. Thereby Japan does manipulate the democratic
decision making processes at the IWC and CITES conferences.
CALL FOR ACTION
Please show your outrage to these
countries and to their associates in tourism concerning the continuous slaughter
of the whales, those gentle and intelligent giants of the marine world and
please let these states know your clear opinion. Please do show also your
responsible position as visitor, travel agent, tourism promoter or as head of a
tourism corporation with your boycott of these states. Just throw the
destinations JAPAN, NORWAY, FAROE, DENMARK out from your travel programme
and show solidarity with the CEO of one of the larger german tourism companies,
"IT IS A SHAME IF A COUNTRY OR PEOPLE NEED TO
POCKETS WITH THE
EXTERMINATION AND EVEN EXTINCTION OF ANIMALS ! THOSE HAVE NO
MORALS AND NO ETHICS. IF NOT FOR US WE HAVE TO STAND UP FOR ALL OUR
CHILDREN AND TO PUBLISH THE NAMES OF THOSE COUNTRIES AND THE NAMES
OF PERSONS RESPONSIBLE AS ROBBERS OF OUR PLANET. IT'S BETTER TO
LOSE SOME MONEY THAN TO LOSE ONES CONSCIENCE !"
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