Latinamerican countries call on Japan to cease “scientific whaling”
Nine Latinamerican countries that make up the “Buenos Aires Group” have called on Japan to put an end to “scientific whaling” as vessels take off for the new hunting season in the Southern Hemisphere.
Given the beginning of a new “scientific whaling” season in Antarctic waters the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay made public a release stating “their strongest rejection to the announced ‘scientific whaling’ hunting of almost a thousand whales included some in the threatened species category, planned for the Southern Whale Sanctuary”.
The Buenos Aires Group, whose members belong to the International Whaling Commission, reaffirms its commitment to the conservation of whales, the maintenance of the commercial (whaling) moratorium dating back to 1986, the promotion of the non lethal use of the resource and respect for the integrity of whale sanctuaries recognized by IWC.
Therefore Latinamerican countries request “the government of Japan to end the ‘scientific whaling’ which is performed in a sanctuary established by the IWC precisely with the purpose of protecting whales”.
“Buenos Aires Group countries consider that the continuation of these catches year after year in spite of the international community rejection, do not contribute to a confidence environment that sponsors a constructive dialogue inside the IWC, the only multilateral forum which is recognized for the management and conservation of whales”, concludes the release.