Case Study: Whaling in Sanctuary

Michael Williamson (whe_william@flo.org)
Mon, 8 Dec 1994 21:00:48

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JAPAN, NORWAY COULD EXPLOIT WHALE SANCTUARY LOOPHOLE:
 
   SYDNEY, Dec 7 AAP - Japan and Norway could exploit loopholes to hunt
whales in the new Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, environmental groups
warned today.
    The sanctuary, which comes into effect today, covers 50 million sq km
of ocean and bans commercial whaling but permits scientific whaling.
    International environmental organisations, Greenpeace and World Wide
Fund for Nature (WWF), have critcised Norway and Japan, claiming they
were conducting their commercial whaling activities as scientific. However,
both groups recognise the opening as a major achievement.
    "The sanctuary closes off any re-opening of large-scale commercial
whaling forever," Lisa Burmeister of WWF said in a statement.
    "Now we are just dealing with a small loophole, the so-called scientific
whaling still allowed."
    Greenpeace has sent a letter of protest to the Japanese Prime Minister,
Mr Tomiichi Murayama, and several other members of the Japanese parliament,
it said in a statement.
    Greenpeace whale campaigner, Robbie Kelman, said yesterday: "Japan has
exploited loopholes in the IWC rules since 1985 to bring meat to Tokyo
restuarant tables. Now it wants to use those loopholes to go whaling in an
area declared as a sanctuary by the rest of the world".
    The decision to create the sanctuary was taken by the International
Whaling Commission in May this year.
    Twenty-three governments voted for the sanctuary, six abstained, Japan
voted against and Norway did not vote.
    The new sanctuary, in addition to the existing Indian Ocean Whale
Sanctuary, covers a third of the world's oceans.
    It is expected to protect the feeding grounds of 90 per cent of the
world's whales.