The return of whaling?
The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society question the lifting of the whaling moratorium
A deal has been proposed that will allow commercial whaling for the first time in 24 years. In June this year, this deal will be considered and acted upon by the 80+ countries attending the International Whaling Commission.
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The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society believe this deal could threaten the long-term survival of whale populations and open the floodgates to far bigger slaughter in the future.
Recent media headlines suggest that the whaling deal-brokers are expecting to achieve a 'phase out' of whaling. This is far from the reality of what is actually being proposed. On the 7th May 2010, the IWC (International Whaling Commission) Chairman and Vice-Chair released a statement entitled: If you really care about whale conservation - give our proposal a fair reading.
Moratorium on commercial whaling to be suspended
WDCS has given the proposal, or 'deal', a fair read and has concluded that it will establish legal commercial whaling quotas for the next ten years and suspend the moratorium on commercial whaling, one of the hardest won conservation victories of this generation.
As a key element of their propaganda, the 'deal' supporters are suggesting that it will lead to a genuine reduction in commercial take. The 'deal' actually contains no phase-out of whaling, not even a reduction over the ten years. It is a step back to the block quotas of 30 years ago.
What does the 'deal' contain?
The 'deal' fundamentally fails to bring all whaling operations under full IWC control nor to strengthen further and focus the work of the IWC on conservation issues. Instead the 'deal'
The 'deal' is portrayed as a 'peace plan', when it is actually a 'whalers charter'.