25 May 2007
It is crucial that attempts by pro-whaling nations of the IWC to gerrymander the process by getting landlocked coutries to support them in the face of widespread opposition fail.
nuclear power, whaling, imperialist war, Trident...the things we fought in the 1970s and 1980s we fight today.
politics is endless struggle, green politics doubly so.
Whaling commission must stand firm on moratorium
25th May 2007
Attempts by pro-whaling nations to gerrymander the process must fail
The 59th meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Anchorage, Alaska, from May 28-31 must stand firm in the face of renewed attempts to weaken or scrap the moratorium on commercial whaling, the Green Party has said.
Dr. Derek Wall, Green Party Principal Speaker today spoke in advance of the meeting:
"Whaling is a premeditated, deliberate and unnecessary cause of animal suffering. It is not justified even if supposedly undertaken as 'scientific research' or 'subsistence hunting' rather than for commercial profit.
"It is crucial that attempts by pro-whaling nations of the IWC to gerrymander the process by getting landlocked coutries to support them in the face of widespread opposition fail.
"Whales and dolphins are facing increasing threats from man made climate change, due to changes in sea temperature, declining salinity because of melting ice and increased rainfall, and the loss of icy polar habitats.
"Combine this with the thousands killed every year - more than 2000 in 2006 alone - under the guise of 'scientific research', and it's obvious whales face a very bleak future.
"The IWC must work to strengthen protection given to whales, and fend off attempts by countries such as Japan to manipulate the commission.
"This is just one fight in the continuous battle to conserve our environment by protecting it from unscrupulous acts of savagery, selfishness and ignorance, perpertrated in the name of profit, cultural traditions or the mis-guided thrill of hunting for sport."
Dr Wall has previously criticised the UK government for 'bowing to Japan's economic muscle', in refusing to register various ships belonging to the anti-whaling and conservation group Sea Shepherd.
Sea Shepherd whaling campaign here....three cheers for the good Captain Paul Watson
Posted by Derek Wall at 8:30 pm