28 May 2007

Pacific countries asked to unite on whale protection

5:57 am on 28 May 2007

The global conservation organisation, WWF, is calling on Pacific governments to take a responsible and united position at the International Whaling Commission or IWC this week.

The annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission is in Anchorage, Alaska.

During the last meeting of the IWC, a number of Pacific Island Countries came under fire for having voted with pro-whaling nations on several issues.

The WWF says the potential long term benefits of protecting whales outweigh the short term gain Pacific Island countries might receive to support the commercial whaling plans of some countries.

Some pro-whaling nations are being accused of using development aid assistance and paying IWC membership fees to buy votes from some Pacific Island Countries in support of lifting the ban.