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Editorial Comment:

A small working group (SWG) of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) following four years of private meetings has produced a compromise proposal to resolve the 'Japanese' issue at the IWC. The compromise propsal will be considered at the next IWC meeting in Morroco in June.

Patrick Ramage of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) put the compromise proposal in perspective when he called it 'A Whalers Wish List!'. If approved the compromise plan will end the 1986 mortorium on whaling, legitimise commercial whaling and overturn 30 years of conservation effort to implement and maintain the morotorium on whaling by a majority of poeples and countries around the world.

Since the 2006 IWC meeting, at which Japan used its block of 'friendly' votes to obtain a simple majority for the first time in 20 years, and suceeded in passing the St Kitts & Nevis Declaration the IWC has been unable to conduct its business and has been consumed with finding a compromise between the majority of countries that oppose whaling and the minoity who wish to continue whaling. There can be no compromise on this issue. Its time for the Australian Government to maintain their strong opposition to whaling and lead the challenge to defeat this 'offensive' proposal rewarding Japan for 'bad behaviour' over many years.

The compromise proposal affirms that for Japan 'scientific-whaling' has equalled 'commercial whaling'. Japan has strongly asserted its rights to kill and eat whales. This brings the issue at the IWC into clear focus: for Japan 'whales' are about 'food security'; for Australia, and the rest of the world, 'whales' are a conservation issue. For for a detailed discussion and background on this point see: Why think about whales at Christmas.

The United Nations Forum for 'food security' is the FAO and the forum for 'whale conservation' is the International Whaling Commission.

If you care for whales and dolphins do everything you can to ensure the IWC 'compromise plan' is not adopted at the IWC in June. As a first step contact your Local Member of the Federal Parliamentimmediately to urge him/her to hold the Rudd Goverment to its word on the whale issue in 2010. Also support the campaigns being conducted by NGO organisations such as IFAW, for details see Action Alerts below.

Get your Community involved in the upcoming National Whale Day in early June by participating in the Humpback ICON Project. Sixty Australian Communities are now supporting Australian Humpback Whales. Check if your Community is involved in theHumpback ICON Project. Get the latest HIP News the HIP Brief and the HIP Fact Sheet.

Check Help Save Our Humpbacks for information about what you can do to continue pressure to help the Eastern Australian Humpback Whales.

Check iWhales.org. Movies, sounds and photography of Eastern Australian Humpbacks recorded during our Annual Whale Research Expedtions in Hervey Bay are now availble as DVD's or downloadable films.

Check The Oceania Project's FacebookGroup for recent postings.
he 60 minute Audio CD Album titled'Songlines - Songs of the Eastern Australian Humpbacks' featuring 'Migaloo' is now availble online.

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You can directly help with the long term conservation of Whales and Dolphins by supporting the campaigns of: IFAWSea ShepherdGreenpeace,WDCSEarth Island InstituteWWFGlobal Whale AllianceAmerica's Whale Allianceand others.Check ACTION ALERTS' and take an action today!



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