The Most Progressive IWC meeting in many years draws to a controversial & chaotic close #IWC
Most Progressive IWC Meeting For Many Years Draws To A Controversial And Chaotic Close Although the 63rd International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Jersey adopted a proposal by the United Kingdom to clean up the practices of the Commission, less than a day later Japan and its allies crashed the meeting by walking out en masse and breaking a quorum on a vote for the adoption of a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic proposed by Argentina and Brazil. Whale conservation was left hanging on an interpretation of 14 words in the IWC rules of procedure on what constitutes a quorum, and now the decision on a sanctuary in the South Atlantic will be put back until the next IWC meeting in 2012. Despite Japans outrageous procedural tricks, this has been one of the most important meetings of the IWC in at least fifteen years, says Sue Fisher, WDCS anti-whaling lead. "Adoptio...