Subject: IWC:Irish Whaling Compromise Conde (fwd)

Mike Williamson (
Thu, 8 Jan 1998 10:22:11 -0500 (EST)


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Date: Thu,  8 Jan 98 13:05:00 GMT 
Subject: Irish Whaling Compromise Conde

Irish Whaling Compromise Condemned

  By Amanda Brown, Environment Correspondent, PA News
   Wildlife campaigners today condemned an Irish bid to allow whaling
to re-start as "inhumane, unethical and unnecessary".
   A row has broken out after the International Whaling Commission -
the group responsible for controlling hunting - decided to call an
emergency meeting in Antigua on February 3-5.
   It is thought its chairman, Irish commissioner Michael Canny, wants
to thrash out a deal over a highly controversial "Irish Compromise,"
ending the worldwide ban on whaling by awarding Norway and Japan
special quotas.
   If it went ahead, the two countries would be allowed to catch
whales within 200 miles of their coastlines.
   But in return a loophole would have to be closed allowing them
"scientific quotas" on Minke and other endangered species.
   A global sanctuary would also be established.
   Environmentalists warn that the vast majority of whales spend
some time in coastal waters,so the Irish plan could expose
virtually the entire worldwide population to hunting.
   Norway and Japan have refused to abide by the moratorium on
commercial slaughter in force since 1986.
   And the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society say the Irish
compromise is being presented as a way of regaining control of the
abuses of their continued whaling.
   They fear it not only endorses the existing whaling of these two
countries but also paves the way for a widespread resumption of the
slaughter and trade in whale products.
   The scientific catch limits have been repeatedly broken and Japan
and Norway continue to kill Minkes to meet the demands of restaurants,
which regard whale meat as a delicacy.
   Chris Stroud, of the Whaling and Dolphin Conservation Society,
said: "Whaling is inhumane, unethical and unnecessary. We believe
that the Irish Compromise is a dangerous development dressed up as
a conservation initiative.
   "People should never forget that the motivation behind commercial
whaling is a brutal commercialism based on the violent death of
highly sentient creatures. There is no need to kill these whales and
there is no way to kill them without cruelty."
   The UK will be represented at the emergency talks next month,
ahead of the next full IWC meeting in May in Oman.
   Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Elliot Morley has deep
misgivings over the Irish compromise and attended the last IWC
meeting in Monaco last October to express his views.
   He made plain "the UK delegation remains to be convinced that
aspects of the Irish proposal will assist whale conservation".