19 Jun 2006

Japan and pro whaling nations win vote at IWC

10:12 am on 19 June 2006

Pro-whaling nations have secured their first victory at world whaling talks by passing a resolution that labelled the 20-year moratorium on commercial hunts "no longer necessary".

Although the non-binding resolution will not result in the moratorium being overturned, it was a significant triumph for Japan and its allies campaigning for the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to lift the ban on commercial whaling.

News reports say the moratorium would need a 75 per cent majority to be overturned.

The resolution proposed by commission hosts St Kitts and Nevis passed by 33 to 32 votes with one abstention.

It criticised a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling, blamed whales for depleting fish stocks and said non-governmental organisations were a threat.