NEW CANADIAN WHALING REPORT (fwd)

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Date: Sat Jul 21 2001 - 09:18:19 EDT


CANADIAN MARINE ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION SOCIETY
Box 461 - 1755 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC Canada V6G 3B7
E-mail: cmeps@whaleprotection.org Web: www.whaleprotection.org
Tel: (604) 736-9514 Fax: (604) 736-9514

MEDIA RELEASE - July 20, 2001

NEW REPORT ON CANADIAN WHALING

The Canadian Marine Environment Protection Society (CMEPS) published
this week a 24-page report prepared by Kim Goldberg, titled "CANADA'S
WAR ON WHALES: Will the Bowhead Survive? A report on the Canadian
government's mismanagement of whales, suppression of science, and
hunting quotas on a highly endangered species."

CMEPS Executive Director Annelise Sorg will distribute the report at the
International Whaling Commission (IWC) meetings held in London, England
on July 23-27, 2001. CMEPS is the only accredited Canadian
non-government anti-whaling organization participating at the annual
general meetings of the IWC.

Fifty-five years ago Canada was a founding member of the International
Whaling Commission. Today the IWC is still the recognized world
authority on whale management. Canada, meanwhile, has quit the
organization it helped create and is now the only developed nation on
earth killing great whales without belonging to the IWC. Canada's
Eastern Arctic bowheads are classified as "highly endangered" by the IWC
Scientific Committee. And in the opinion of the world's foremost
bowhead scientist, Kerry Finley of Victoria B.C., Canada's quota on
Eastern Arctic bowheads is "scientifically indefensible."

Who turned this once law-abiding nation into a pirate whaler using bogus
science to kill an endangered species? Acording to the report, the
answer is Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Canada's DFO has
become a bureaucratic fortress with a catastrophic and much publicized
history of mismanaging Atlantic cod and Pacific salmon, and of
subverting scientific inquiry to serve political objectives. In the
case of the bowhead whale, DFO bureaucrats have dogmatically ignored or
disputed the research of all independent scientists, relying instead on
their own dubious population estimates to justify a hunt.
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For more information, please contact:

Author of the report:
Kim Goldberg <goldberg@freenet.carleton.ca>
Telephone: (250) 741-8577 in Nanaimo, BC

CMEPS Representative at IWC meetings in London:
Annelise Sorg <cmeps@whaleprotection.org>
Novotel Hotel London West - Telephone: 011-020-8741 1555

TO RECEIVE COPIES OF THE REPORT CALL:
Doug Imbeau (604) 313-1597 in Vancouver, BC

The full report will be available soon on our website:
www.whaleprotection.org/cmeps

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