I have been following the issue for a while as Japan tries to buy out the whaling commission. It buys support from poor countries to pursue its whaling dreams – commercial whaling. The good news is that they have been snubbed three times this year already, as reported on the Greenpeace Blog.
16 June 2006Unexpectedly: The whales are winning!
by Andrew, at the Greenpeace office in Amsterdam
Japan has lost the secret ballot vote !!!!
From what I have heard, here is the full listing for the vote for Secret Ballots (I'll get our team on the ground to check these when they can):
YES = 30:
Antigua & Barbuda, Benin, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Cote d'Ivoire, Dominica,
Gabon, Gambia, Grenada, Guinea, Iceland, Japan, Kiribati, South Korea, Mali, Marshall
Islands, Mauritania, Mongolia, Morocco, Nauru, Nicaragua, Norway, Palau,
Russian Federation, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines,
NO = 33:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Czech
Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel,
Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Panama,
Portugal, San Marino, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, UK, USA.
Abstentions = 1:
This is hugely unexpected (at least by us). First the whalers lose in their bid to prevent the IWC from even discussing small cetaceans (dolphins and porpoises), now they have lost the more significant vote on secret ballots. With a return to the old dark days of secret balloting, there would have been no open accountability for how countries vote at the Commission. Read more on our Defending Our Oceans site. The Guardian also has a story up already.