World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Alaskan’s Lose Quota Due To USA's Hypocrisy

23 May 2002

Alaskan’s Lose Quota Due To United States’ Hypocrisy

The United States’ hypocritical stance on whaling saw the International Whaling Commission vote today to refuse aboriginal subsistence quota for the Alaskan Inupiat.

The United States had sought a renewal of taking 280 endangered bowhead whales over five years – with 67strikes per year and up to 15 unused strikes carried from previous years. (Strikes meaning whales struck but not landed.)

Japan’s alternate commissioner to the IWC, Masayuki Komatsu, said that for years the IWC had approved the taking of bowhead whale by the Alaskan’s – despite it being endangered. “The bowhead is still considered by IWC scientists as endangered – it’s one of the few things the IWC is in agreement about,” he said.

“Yet, every year the United States votes against Japan’s Small-Type Coastal Whalers’ request for relief quota of 50 minke whales from the abundant western North Pacific stock. This hypocrisy could no longer continue.”

“Japan is tired of asking year after year for 50 minke from an abundant stock for our traditional coastal whalers only to have the United States vote against it; yet we have always supported the Alaskan’s taking almost 280 bowhead whales. Well, this year, the United States delegation has a message to take back home – end the hypocrisy.”

Mr Komatsu said that as well their 15-year blockade of 50 minke for Japan’s traditional whaling communities, it was also clear that the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom were going to block the quota of four humpback whales for St Vincent and the Grenadines, in the Caribbean.

“St Vincent and Grenadines had been told by a number of anti-whaling delegations that if they abstained from voting against the sanctuary, their proposal for their humpback quota would be supported. After the sanctuary vote, the anti-whaling countries broke their agreement. St Vincent and the Grenadines was hung out to dry by the anti-whalers.”


For more information and interviews contact Japan’s IWC Media Office
on 0081 90 3103 5840 or 0081 80 3005 7507

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


New IPCC Report: ‘Unprecedented Changes’ Needed To Limit Global Warming

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require “far-reaching and unprecedented changes,” such as ditching coal for electricity to slash carbon emissions, says a special report that finds some of the actions needed are already under way, but the world must move faster… More>>


Jamal Khashoggi: UK, France, Germany Join Calls For Credible Investigation

Germany, the United Kingdom and France share the grave concern expressed by others including HRVP Mogherini and UNSG Guterres, and are treating this incident with the utmost seriousness. More>>


MSF Not Wanted: Nauru Government Shows Continued Callousness

The Nauruan Government’s decision to ask Doctors Without Borders to immediately leave shows continued callousness towards asylum seekers desperately seeking a safe place to call home, Green MP Golriz Ghahraman said today. More>>


Sulawesi Quake, Tsunami: Aid Response Begins

Oxfam and its local partners are standing by to deploy emergency staff and resources to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, as an estimated 1.5 million people are thought to be affected by the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit on Friday. More>>


Decriminalising Same-Sex Relationships: UN Rights Chief Applauds Indian Decision

“This is a great day for India and for all those who believe in the universality of human rights," Bachelet said. "With this landmark decision, the Indian Supreme Court has taken a big step forward for freedom and equality...” More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC