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A good first step at the International Whaling Commission

by Phil Kline

July 13, 2011

Wow! After two days of intense negotiations, the IWC steps into the 21st century!

Vote buying at the IWC is history, making the process more fair and giving whale conservation a real fighting chance. 

Thanks to the valiant efforts of the UK government, the IWC has joined other international forums in encouraging basic transparency and financial accountability. Paying membership fees with cash is no longer allowed.

We hope this modest change will help bring the Commission into the light and into a new era in which the IWC will finally focus on protecting whales, not perpetuating corrupt whaling industries.

While this decision might not save any whales today, it should lay the foundation for the IWC to be able to work more effectively for conservation in years to come.

Check out what Greenpeace is doing globally on whales.

Phil Kline

By Phil Kline

Phil is a senior oceans campaigner at Greenpeace USA. He is a recognized expert on oceans policy domestically and internationally, and has represented Greenpeace U.S. at International Whaling Commission (IWC) meetings and Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meetings around the globe.

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