The International Whaling Commission (IWC) today approved the renewal fee hunting whales for aboriginal subsistence for the U.S., Russia and the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, after winning majority support of the countries present at the second full day in Panama City.
The CBI was forced for a second day to take the issue to a vote, because Latin America opposed, including in the joint proposal to St. Vincent and the Grenadines for its history of noncompliance with the requirements demanded by the organization itself.
However, the initiative promoted by the United States received the backing of 48 of the 61 countries present, including representatives of the so-called Group of Buenos Aires, including Mexico and Panama.
The proposal was rejected by 10 countries, two abstained and one voted no.
Representations of Argentina, Ecuador, Peru , Uruguay, Costa Rica and Colombia , after the vote, expressed their willingness to cooperate with authorities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to overcome the objections raised by various sectors, including the scientific committee of the IWC.
Reportedly, the Caribbean country has given this committee a report on the number of whales taken or impacted, nor on the methods used to catch them.
Meanwhile, the World Society for the Protection of Animals said in a statement that St. Vincent and the Grenadines did not provide information that justifies being granted quota for whaling for aboriginal subsistence.
“It also incurred in the capture of whales with young mothers, violation of rules and welfare of these animals,” explained the document signed by the director of the Company, Marcela Vargas.