IWC Adopts New International Whaling Resolution

IWC Adopts New International Whaling Resolution

The International Whaling Commission has adopted new resolution on international whaling and a Japanese official will be the next chairman. The commission has also planned to setup a new fund to help cash-strapped developing nations. The new fund has been proposed by Japan. During a meeting in Slovenia, the International Whaling Commission has adopted a few measures to improve the coordination between members.

Out of 88 members, this year’s meeting was attended by 65. Australia and New Zealand have been raising strong voice against Japan’s whaling program. The International Whaling Commission adopted a new resolution over whaling practices and Australian team was quite excited about it. However, the resolution is non-binding and it will not have much of an impact over Japanese whaling.

Australia announced that it will continue opposing whaling by Japan in future as well. Japan has been carrying out whaling calling it an effort to improve scientific research. However, Japan has provided little evidence about scientific research carried out by the Asian country and its whaling program.

Japan has been criticized for using scientific research as a means to feed its culinary demand for whale meat. Japan’s whaling program has been ruled as illegal in 2014 by the International Court of Justice.

During five-day biennial meeting, the International Whaling Commission selected Joji Morishita as the next chairman of the international whaling body.

A report published by Japan Times informed, “IWC members could conduct ‘research whaling’ with a stipulation, passed in 2014, that plans must be submitted for review in advance by the body’s Scientific Committee. The new resolution makes no exception for research whaling and will thus tighten scrutiny of the practice.”

An opinion published in Conversation added, “Despite the new emphasis on applying scientific scrutiny to whaling permits, at a higher level than before within the IWC’s structure, this actually doesn’t mean much in practical terms for Japan. The reality is that Japan will continue to act independently of IWC advice due to its view on what Article VIII means.” Talking about the issue, Indi Hodgson-Johnston Antarctic Law and Policy Researcher said that the new regulations will have a little impact on Japanese whaling program.



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