Japan quits International Whaling Commission
The government of Japan has announced it will leave the International Whaling Commission, cease whaling in the Southern Ocean, and begin commercial whaling in the Pacific Ocean.
To explain the significance of this action, Peter welcomes Kitty Block, President of Humane Society International and Acting President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.
Block has been following the activities of the IWC for two decades and shares her valuable insights. There are actions we all can take to protect the whales of the world, so please listen carefully to this interview.
As a non-member, Japan is no longer bound by the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling – the rules that the International Whaling Commission has used to manage whaling since 1946.
The International Whaling Commission’s moratorium on commercial whaling has broadly been a success – whale populations have increased where whaling was the primary threat. The humpback whale is one example of successful recovery, but species such as the North Atlantic Right whale have never recovered from centuries of whaling and are in critically low numbers.
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