Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Save the Whalers

The International Whaling Commission has voted down, 29-23, Japan's motion to resume commercial whaling.

According to its web site, the IWC's purpose is to manage whale stocks, "and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry". It was formed in 1946, when the major whaling countries, alarmed at the depletion of whale stocks all over the world, got together to set limits in order to save the industry from committing suicide by driving its prey into extinction. This is a key point: the purpose was not so much to save the whales, as to save the whalers.


Blogger Andjam said...

The IWC's dirty non-at-all-a-secret is that by far the majority of its members are no longer whaling nations.

Aren't many of the non-whaling countries countries that are there just voting in favour of whaling to get kickbacks from Japan?

The dishonesty of largely non-science-motivated "scientific research" along with the bribing of countries probably help give the impression that whaling is morally suspect.

Thu Jun 23, 05:32:00 AM 2005  
Blogger Milhouse said...

If all the ex-whaling nations had the grace to resign from the IWC, Japan would be quite happy to stop putting up its ex-whaling allies for membership. Japan is trying to play by the rules as they are - nothing wrong with that. But the rules are so rigged that none of this effort has helped, as is shown by the result of this vote.

Thu Jun 23, 08:51:00 AM 2005  

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