Top end fishos asked to avoid sensitive cultural ceremony that followed release from sea for months in protest against whale killing
An important whale killing in the Antarctic is due to be postponed and, in a potentially bitter blow, is being cancelled in a move that could inflame tensions in remote areas of the continent, where whales are endangered.
A petition to protect endangered whaling has been set up in New Zealand, and the Government has pledged to address the issue if it becomes law in New Zealand on 4 December.
Whale hunts, a $1.2bn industry, are banned on land in Antarctica under the terms of a 2003 treaty.구미안마
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists at least 120 species of whales which it deems vulnerable to overexploitation and extinction.
“This is the first opportunity for New Zealanders and the world to help protect these iconic marine mammals,” said one pe경주출장마사지tition campaign official, Mark Dyer, from South Africa.
The petition, posted on Twitter by the conservation group Polar Opposed, calls for a cancellation of the release from the Antarctic Sea of the fin whale that was caught in the Southern Ocean for the last two weeks.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest People celebrate after the release of an endangered fin whale from Antarctica. Photograph: EPA/TECHNOLA DE FERNANDEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Whaling, which started in 1672, was originally aimed at catching the largest and most lucrative fin whales of the world, but over the years the whale population has declined rapidly, from a peak of 912 in the 19th century to just a few dozen today.
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) considers whale species to be “endangered” if they are considered at risk for extinction, but this decision does not make it illegal to kill whales in the Antarctic or elsewhere.
Under the current treaty, the International Whaling Commission must review its decision on the release of the fin whale every five years.
Last week, the IWC backed a campaign launched by the New Zealand Conservation Trust against plans by the Government to remove an endangered nor우리 카지노thern resident whale, the minke whale, from Antarctic waters under the same international moratorium that applies to fin whales.
Under the policy the IWC could end up ruling against the New Zealand government. The petition on Antarctic whales said: “We urge the commission to respect the right of the IWC to evaluate each proposed proposed change in the Antarctic moratorium and protect the whales from destruction of habitat.”