Will Japan's vote-buying strategy pay off?
It appears that Japan may finally achieve its goal — to control the majority of votes in the IWC. This could lead to a resumption of large-scale commercial whaling and set back cetacean conservation by decades. WWF deplores Japan’s blatant misuse of development aid to manipulate countries votes.
"Tomorrow the world will know if once again the IWC will be little more than a whalers' club," said Dr Susan Lieberman, head of the WWF delegation at the meeting. "Our fear is that at a time when we know more than ever about the threats to whales from not only whaling but also bycatch, toxics, and climate change, the IWC appears to be heading in a the wrong direction."
For years WWF and other concerned parties have been drawing the world’s attention to Japan’s vote buying tactics. WWF urges the global community to step forward and not leave the future of the world’s cetaceans to a pro-whaling lobby led by Japan.
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