"The ban on commercial whaling decreed at the international level must be maintained and must do more to protect whales," said EU environment ministers, in a joint text approved in Luxembourg. The European Union will seek the retention of the ban during the 60th annual session of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Santiago (Chile) 23 to 27 June 2008. Since 1986 he is in fact force the IWC moratorium on whaling for commercial purposes.
"With this decision the EU can now play an important role in the International Whaling Commission and use all its political and moral statement to ensure more effective protection in the world," he assured the European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas commenting the decision.
In a statement the European Commission states that the decision "will help to strengthen the EU's commitment to protect whales worldwide and provide the Union with a common position on maintaining the moratorium at the IWC Conference June 23 to 27 in Chile. "
The decision of the Environment Ministers welcomed the proposal made in December 2007 by the European Commission to launch a truly international framework to regulate whaling, and their protection.
E ', more and more evident that the compromise reached by the IWC in 1986 with the "International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, which banned commercial whaling, and newcomers to the breaking point, with a" scientific whaling " and "traditional" in which truth becomes a supply of whale meat for Japanese supermarkets and some countries of northern Europe.
The OIPA welcomes the decision taken by EU ministers on June 5, the international ban on commercial whaling must stay and more efforts should be made internationally to protect cetacean species.