Iceland has begun its 100 day whaling season amidst international condemnation. This comes immediately following the failure of an agreement put forward by the International Whaling Commission. The commission proposed to continue a moratorium on whaling but allow a limited amount of whales to be caught by Iceland, Norway, and Japan – the countries that continue to kill whales regardless of the ban.
Norway and Iceland are the only two nations to openly pursue commercial whaling. Japan also pursues whaling but for alleged “scientific research.”
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Paul Watson, leader of the U.S.-based anti-whaling organization, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, is now on an international wanted list for allegedly masterminding the group’s disruption of Japanese whale hunts in the Antarctic Ocean.
Every year, Sea Shepherd attempts to obstruct Japan’s whaling mission, which it carries out under an exception to a 1986 moratorium by the International Whaling Commission.
The Japanese Coast Guard already obtained a court-issued arrest warrant for Watson in April in connection with the trial of another activist accused of obstructing Japanese whaling in the Antarctic.
Watson has been on the Interpol list since Wednesday. Coast Guard spokesman Shinichiro Tanaka said the Interpol wanted list requests that police in 188 member nations cooperate with Japan’s investigation of Watson by providing information about him, but does not require that they arrest him. He said Watson’s whereabouts is unknown.
Sea Shepherd officials were not immediately available for comment.
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International Whaling Commission (IWC) national delegates meeting at Agadir, Morocco, failed to approve a plan that would have legalized commercial whaling in exchange for a gradual reduction in the number of whales killed over a 10-year period.
The Animal Welfare Institute estimates that Iceland, Norway and Japan have killed 33,000 whales since the ban was introduced in 1986. Iceland and Norway hunt for whales in the northern hemisphere, outside the reach of IWC control. Japan has been whaling in the Antarctic under an IWC provision that allows whales to be killed for research purposes.
Some groups, including Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund, had hoped to bring these countries under IWC’s purview through the plan.
Other groups hailed the breakdown in negotiations as a victory. “The IWC is taking a safe course, opting for a cooling off period that protects the moratorium and other IWC conservation measures,” said Patrick Ramage, director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s global whale campaign.
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Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama resigned Wednesday squandering a historic electoral mandate in less than a year and leaving his Democratic Party of Japan without a leader before a pivotal July election.
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