Delyn MP David Hanson has adopted a humpback whale to show his opposition to Japanese whaling.
David Hanson accepted an invitation from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), to adopt humpback whale Tasco to demonstrate his support for IFAW’s efforts to protect this vulnerable species, now being targeted by Japan’s whaling fleet in an internationally recognised whale sanctuary.
The threatened humpback has been protected from whaling for more than four decades after being driven to near extinction by commercial whaling during the last century. Despite this, Japan has now added 50 humpbacks to its target list as it sails towards the Southern Ocean Sanctuary in Antarctica to hunt the humpbacks plus almost 1,000 other whales.
Japan claims its expanding annual whale hunts are for “scientific” purposes, but little science has been produced and the whale meat is put on sale in restaurants and supermarkets.
David Hanson said:
“I am very happy to support IFAW’s campaign to protect the whales by adopting Tasco. Whaling is cruel and unnecessary.
“The UK plays a prominent role in building and maintaining the coalition of anti-whaling countries within the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Earlier this year we recruited six more countries to the anti-whaling group and several other countries have indicated willingness to support our opposition to Japanese whaling and to join the IWC in time for next year’s annual meeting.
“I will continue to press this Government to strengthen and further the global opposition to commercial whaling.”
Notes to Editors:
New findings from international legal experts in recent weeks have challenged Japan’s claim that its expanding whaling programme is legal under international law. Legal analyses by international panels of independent legal experts convened in Paris and London have found Japan’s expanding whaling operations to be in violation of International Whaling Commission (IWC) regulations and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
A global moratorium on commercial whaling was adopted by the IWC in 1986. Japan’s self-allocated “scientific” whaling quota for 2007/8 includes more than 1,400 whales of seven different species: Antarctic minke, common minke, fin, sei, Brydes, sperm and humpback whales from the North Pacific and the waters of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary around Antarctica, established by the IWC in 1994.