UK action on whaling

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 December 1999



(1999), "UK action on whaling", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 99 No. 6.



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UK action on whaling

UK action on whaling

Attempts to weaken the moratorium on commercial whaling were defeated at this year's International Whaling Commission. A positive strategy for working towards a permanent comprehensive moratorium on all but limited aboriginal subsistence whaling was put forward by the UK. Fisheries Minister, Elliot Morley, said that whaling does not belong to the next millennium and current whaling by developed nations meets no real needs. The UK has been working on a positive plan with like-minded members of the IWC but these will require perseverance, persistence and genuine science. The plan includes encouraging the whale-watching leisure industry and highlighting the cruelty associated with the killing of whales. The plan also stressed the threat to whale species by pollution and climate change and promoting sanctuaries in addition to those established in the Southern Ocean in 1994. Brazil will be putting forward plans for a sanctuary in the South Atlantic and Australia and New Zealand are co-operating for a sanctuary in the South Pacific. Mr Morley said that the UK must have a positive strategy if we are to end the commercial whaling undertaken by Norway and Japan which continues under the guise of so-called scientific whaling.

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