Subject: Japan Group Calls for U.K., Ne (fwd)

Mike Williamson (
Fri, 17 Oct 1997 13:37:21 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: Tue, 14 Oct 97 12:38:00 GMT 
Subject: Japan Group Calls for U.K., Ne

Japan Group Calls for U.K., New Zealand, U.S. to ...

   TOKYO, Oct. 14 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Japan Whaling Association
(JWA), a non-profit whaling support group based in Tokyo, has called
upon the major Western nations to resign from the International Whaling
Commission (IWC).
   In a statement prepared for the opening of this year's IWC meeting
Oct. 20 in Monaco, the JWA pointed out that since 1982 the United
Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, the United States and other Western
nations have blocked or delayed efforts to provide for the sustainable
use of abundant whale stocks as required by the International
Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW), to which they all
promised to adhere.
   "When it joined the IWC, every member had to affirm that it adhered
to all of the provisions of the International Convention for the
Regulation of Whaling (ICRW)," the JWA stated. "That solemn
international compact requires all parties to "provide for the proper
conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly
development of the whaling industry" and to make regulations that would
carry out this objective by providing for "the conservation,
development, and optimum utilization of the whale resources."
   "If they will not adhere to these provisions, they should not
continue to maintain the charade of participating in the IWC. If they
have any integrity left, they should resign before causing the IWC to
lose whatever is left of its integrity," the JWA declared.
   The JWA pointed out that the majority of the world's nations
participating in the recent annual meeting of the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species, held in Harare, Zimbabwe,
voted for the sustainable use of minke whales, an abundant and fast
reproducing species with populations numbering over one million in the
waters of the world.  The IWC, consisting of only 37 members, came
under a great deal of criticism for failing to carry out its mandate
and provide for the sustainable use of this renewable resource.
   The Japanese group noted that the former chairman of the IWC's
Scientific Committee, British scientist Dr. Philip S. Hammond,
resigned in disgust at the failure of the IWC to respect and act on
the work and advice of its objective scientists.
   In 1982, for example, against the advice of most of its scientists,
the IWC imposed a commercial whaling moratorium. Then, after
comprehensive assessments of the whale stocks and the development of a
new and faultless whale management procedure, when it became apparent
that commercial whaling for abundant Antarctic minke whales could
resume, the Western majority in the IWC declared the Antarctic waters
to be a whale sanctuary. This action, too, was taken without the
approval of the IWC Scientific Committee and in violation of the
provisions of the ICRW.
   The JWA faulted the Western nation majority of the IWC for
continually violating the provisions of the Convention, and for
"moving the goal posts" whenever the whaling nations tried to comply
with its demands for the resumption of commercial whaling. Most
recently, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and the United
States dropped the pretense of seeking to develop a management regime
that would ensure against depletion of the resources and admitted that,
for political reasons, they would never permit commercial whaling to
   These admissions violate the letter and spirit of the whaling
convention and by themselves constitute grounds for seeking the removal
of these nations from the IWC, the JWA declared.