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CoP17: Bid to remove protection for fin and other great whales meets with failure

The start of this month arrived with good news for those who stand against whaling, and for the animals themselves, as last week the proposal to remove key protections for great whales was denied in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’s (CITES) 17th meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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* Learn more about Iceland's rogue hunting of endangered fin whales in the EIA report 'Slayed in Iceland: The commercial hunting and international trade in endangered fin whales' at http://ht.ly/y8OM304PJ0t
------------------------------------------------------ Said proposal requested that Decision 14.81 be withdrawn. The Decision consists of a single sentence: “No periodic review of any great whale, including the fin whale, should occur while the moratorium by the International Whaling Commission is in place.” However, with a vote of 35 to 3, the participant countries ruled against removal of this decision, while Iceland, Norway and Japan argued for it. These are the only countries which maintain active commercial whaling. The need to protect fin whales from hunting is underlined by the volume of whale meat exported by Iceland. Last week, a coalition of conservation and animal protection organizations confirmed that in July 2016, more than 1,500 metric tonnes of products from endangered fin whales were shipped from Iceland to Japan [http://ht.ly/jheB304PIK1].

Last year, the same transport vessel reached Japan with more than 1,800 metric tonnes of Icelandic whale meat on its deck.

Full storya t http://grapevine.is/news/2016/10/03/fin-whales-remain-somewhat-protected/

#finwhales #whales #whaling #Iceland #Norway #Japan #CoP17 +CITES 

Image: Fin whale, by Aqqa Rosing-Asvid
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