IWC day five – June 25th 2005

The last drama of the 2005 meeting of the IWC was played out before the Friday morning coffee break. Earlier in the week, Sweden had offered to draft a compromise resolution on the Revised Management Scheme (RMS) that would potentially move the process towards quick implementation. The text that ended up as the resolution, which […]

IWC day four – June 24th 2005

The fourth day of the 57th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission opened with Japan`s annual request to begin coastal commercial whaling again. Japan asked that it be allowed to kill 150 minke whales in whaling operations conducted from 4 ports. The session began with a speech and PowerPoint presentation by the Vice Mayor […]

IWC day three – June 23rd 2005

Japan was thwarted 3 times on the 3rd day of the 2006 IWC meeting. The biggest blow came when it failed to obtain majority support for its new Antarctic “research whaling” programme, known as JARPA II. This thinly disguised commercial whaling effort would see Japan`s Antarctic whale kill double in numbers, to more than 1,000 […]

IWC day two – June 22nd 2005

Acrimony continued to dominate the proceedings on the second day of the 2005 IWC meeting in Ulsan, South Korea. The Danish chairman, Henrik Fischer, who has had a difficult time keeping the meeting on track, had barely begun to review the day`s agenda when one of Japan`s supporters, St. Lucia, asked for the floor and […]

IWC 2005 meeting opens – June 20th 2005

The first day of the 2005 meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) was largely about majority control. Several small pro-whaling nations had joined the Commission at the last moment, so Japan came into the meeting expecting to control a simple majority of the membership. In anticipation, Japan had filed notice of its intent to […]

Japan loses round one – June 16th 2006

IWC St Kitts Day One Japan loses round one Day One at St. Kitts began with an opening ceremony in which a priest exhorted God to punish Satanists who believe whales should be protected; a fervent appeal to Spirits; energetic music from an island band; a hastily corrected reference to “The International Whalers Commission”; and […]