|Wednesday, June 22, 2005|
International Whaling Commission Sinks Japan's Plans to Kill More Whales but Japan Defies the Vote
The International Whaling Commission (IWC), meeting in South Korea this week, soundly rejected Japan's attempt to reinstate commercial whaling. The proposal, which would have required a three quarters majority, did not even achieve a simple majority, losing 29 votes to 23 with five abstentions. While this decision does not affect Japan's so-called scientific whaling program, it clearly shows that the world is against the killing of whales and may have been prompted, in part, by Japan's plans to kill endangered species.
However, after meetings on Day 3, the Sydney Morning Herald reported:
Captain Paul Watson, president of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said, "Sea Shepherd plans to uphold international regulations protecting endangered species and the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary." He also noted that, "Japan intends to display a lawless disregard for international conservations laws."