The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has voted in favour of a phased ban on commercial whaling.
MUTE: JULY 24:
1. SV INTERIOR Japanese delegation at conference in Brighton (2 shots) 0.12
2. SV Other delegations including Republic of China (2 shots) 0.19
SOUND: JULY 23:
3. SV PAN EXTERIOR Demonstrators singing Save the Whale ... 0.36
4. GV Brighton sea-front/PAN TO effigies of whales 0.45
5. SCU Young man wearing Save the Whale T-shirt PULL BACK TO GV platform decorated with whale-shaped balloon and posters 0.52
6. SV Crowd chanting "Save the Whale" (2 shots) 1.08
7. SV Protestors signing petition 1.15
8. CU Collection box with inscription: "Ship that avenged 25,000 Whales", PULL BACK TO SV People signing petition 1.25
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: BRIGHTON, U.K.
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has voted in favour of a phased ban on commercial whaling. The two leading whaling nations, Japan and the Soviet Union, strongly opposed the decision. The July 23 vote of 25-7 in favour of a ban from 1985 was greeted by cheers from many delegates. It came after a long campaign by conservationists to stop the hunting of whales for profit. Anti-whaling groups had come in force to the English seaside resort of Brighton, where this year's IWC conference was held. Sir Peter Scott, Chairman of the International Wildlife Fund, said the commission's vote removed the risk of extinction of the whales species. But there are doubts whether Japan will abide by the IWC's decision. The commission's rules allow Japan to lodge a formal objection to a ban, and carry on whaling until the issue is resolved. A Japanese delegate to the Brighton conference said his country would certainly object. Governments have 90 days to object formally after notification of the decision.
Source: REUTERS - BILL MCCONVILLE