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which bans international commercial trade in whale products in deference to the IWC, will permit trade to resume. And, most importantly, both history and current practice show that whaling can never be sustainable, controllable or humane.

A new deal for Japan? Since 2007, the IWC has been working on a “peace process” aimed at calming the increasingly fractious annual meetings, and bringing commercial whaling back under the Commission’s

control. premise

A new proposal is expected is a ‘cooling off’ period of ten

to be years

voted on at the annual meeting in 2010. Its basic during which the moratorium would be suspended,

and all nations currently whaling (including under the hunt, although at lower than current levels for Norway,

subsistence Iceland and

exemption) Japan.




The proponents of the deal hope that, at the end of ten years of reduced but legal whaling, the IWC will be better able to work on its long term reform.

Without exception, conservation NGOs oppose the package, calling it a plan to “save whaling, not whales”. WDCS and our NGO colleagues have identified loopholes that would allow whaling by Japan or other nations to increase under objection or special permit, the proposal’s inability to prevent ongoing international trade in whale products, and its acceptance of Japan’s whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary. We are also deeply concerned about the lack of a sound scientific basis for setting quotas, and question awarding a decade-long quota for all subsistence hunts. The fate of the proposal is currently unclear, particularly as the EU, which in theory holds enough votes to defeat it, is in disarray over its internal decision-making procedures.

What WDCS has been doing? WDCS has been actively campaigning against Japanese whaling and trade in whale meat for years, including the following:

  • Funding undercover investigations, conducting unique opposition research into the whaling industry, and monitoring Japanese press and government websites on a daily basis.

  • Undertaking an analysis of the proposal to resume commercial whaling

  • Commissioning an economic analysis of Japan’s whaling activities

  • Working closely with Japanese NGOs to inform the world about Japan’s activities, refute its spurious arguments and debunk its hollow science.

  • Sending an expert team to all meetings of the International Whaling Commission and CITES where our most intense and visible effort goes into deploying our scientific, legal and other The global voice for whales, dolphins and their environment Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, Brookfield House, 38 St. Paul Street, Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK Tel. (44) (0) 1249 449500 Web: www.wdcs.org Email: info@wdcs.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/fanofwdcs Twitter: twitter.com/WHALES_org Registered Charity No. 1014705 Registered Company No. 2737421

WDCS Australasia: PO Box 720, Port Adelaide Business Centre, South Australia, Australia 5015. Tel: 1300 360 442 WDCS Deutschland: Altostraße 43, D-81245, München Tel: 089 6100 2393 Fax: 089 6100 2394 WDCS (North America): 7 Nelson Street, Plymouth, MA 02360-4044, USA Tel: 1.888.MYWHALE (1.888.699.4253) WDCS (Latin America): Potosi 2087, B1636BUA, Olivos, Buenos Aires, Argentina Tel-Fax + 5411- 4796-3191

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