3 Jul 2011

Plan to tackle alleged IWC corruption welcomed

2:09 pm on 3 July 2011

Greenpeace is welcoming reported British government plans to deal with allegations of corruption among members of the International Whaling Commission.

Pro-whaling nation Japan has been accused of financially enticing small countries to vote in favour of resuming commercial whaling.

Japan conducts whaling activities for what it calls scientific reasons; there has been an international moratorium on commercial whaling since 1986.

The next meeting of the commission, which has 89 member nations, will take place in a few days in Britain's Channel Islands from 9 July.

Greenpeace oceans campaigner Karli Thomas says the British Government's stance is long overdue and she is calling on New Zealand to support it.