April 23rd, 2010
01:24 PM ET

Proposal could save thousands of whales

The chair and vice-chair of the International Whaling Commission have introduced a draft proposal they say would save several thousand whales from capture over 10 years.

The proposal, which would bring all whaling operations under full IWC control, will go before the annual meeting of the 88 member governments in June. Read the proposal

The plan keeps a moratorium on commercial whaling and, if approved, would set catch limits below present levels and provide “rigorous oversight and enforcement,” according to a news release from the IWC.

The proposal would, in particular, bring three countries – Japan, Norway and Iceland - under IWC-set sustainable limits, the news release said. The three now set their own catch limits.

"It will be a major achievement if, despite some fundamental differences of views on whaling, our member countries can put these differences aside for a period to focus on ensuring the world has healthy whale stocks," said Cristian Maquieira, chair of the IWC.

"This consensus decision would represent a delicate balance of accommodations by all IWC members and establish a 10-year period of stability during which we can work to resolve our major long-term issues," said Anthony Liverpool, IWC vice-chair.

The chair and vice-chair are elected from among member countries and usually serve for three years.

Filed under: Environment • World
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Sylvia

    It is long over due to reign in Japan’s ‘research’ use of collecting whales, while selling ‘excess’. Give us a break please! People are not stupid about this so called research and this needless slaughter needs to stop. All countries should stop this practice and it should be made mandatory with an earlier end by date. Real life's hazards takes care of the excess whale numbers naturally, humans no longer need any meat or by products from whales. The only acceptable hunters are those natives that have always hunted, eaten the meat, and used all of the whale.

    April 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rudy

    OMG, what will the Sea Shepard do for ratings now?

    April 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Donna Roitstein

    The previous comment, posted by Sylvia, was well said...all but the last sentence.

    My animal rights group says there are NO "acceptable hunters."

    Meat is murder and can not be justified.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wth

    well said Sylvia!

    April 23, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jerry

    Sylvia, the Japanese, Norwegians and Icelanders have always hunted,eaten the meat and used all of the whale. I think you forgot the requirement to use traditional hunting methods, as required by Canada and New Zealand for their native populations, that use the whale hunt as a right of passage. You use the term needing whale meat. Almost all people who can afford it, eat stuff they don't need, does that mean we have to ban cakes and coke? I agree with you sentiments but not your reasoning. We should stop killing whales because they are intelligent creatures, and we still have no idea of their numbers and their impact on the ocean environment.

    April 24, 2010 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. daniel

    That would be a nice step forward. The next step shouldl be to put all COWS under protection of the International Cowslaughter Commission (to be constituted) and limit the needless slaughter of BILLIONS of cows over ANY 10-year period. We do not need that much meat, it is not healthy for many reasons, from protein excess and cardiovascular disease to mad cows' disease and, on top of that, cows (and pigs) are the world's biggest polluters. Of course, it really is the meat industry that is doing the polluting by putting billions of animals in the world only to be slaughtered. Not just lower-life animales, but mammals, just like the whales.

    April 24, 2010 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. herwin

    sure why not ? instead of fixing the loophole that "allows" japans illegal whaling by calling it "scientific research" and trying to uphold international agremeents about the whaling moratorium, against poaching nations like norway and iceland, just lets give them a license ! and than we make some bs story that this way LESS whales will be killed. anybody else believes that ? anybody else who thinks that laws and internationla regulations should be respected instead of giving the poachers a license ??

    April 24, 2010 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. vin

    Ok. The hunters who have always actually don't just kill what they need. It's been documented that they kill way more than what they need. Especially since they now have access to better weapons to kill whales than they did way back.

    That besides, if there is an animal in the world that shouldn't be killed for human consumption it's the whale.

    Japanese have misguided traditions like the chinese, they need to give up on their old history and get with the program. Stop killing animals you don't need to.

    April 24, 2010 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
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    May 2, 2010 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. stephen ma

    Do not buy into this "peace plan". This is the Whaling nations attempt to lift the current moratorium on commercial whaling. Please join us in taking action in supporting & encouraging anti whaling nations in phasing out whaling. Banning all forms of whale hunting is true conservation!

    Few days left to make our voices heard. Delegates from around the world will be joining to determine the future of the whales. A number of pro whaling nations are seeking to lift the ban and hunt openly, help save the whales !!!


    May 13, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |