Investigate Corruption in the International Whaling Commission


by Stephanie Feldstein

targeting The President of the United States, Andrea Nouak (Austria Commissioner), Ms. Donna Petrachenko (Australia Commissioner),

The President of the United States, Andrea Nouak (Austria Commissioner), Ms. Donna Petrachenko (Australia Commissioner), Mr. Nigel Gooding (U.K. Commissioner), Ambassador Cristian Maquieira (Chair), Stephane Louhaur (France Commissioner), Ms. Monica Medina (U.S. Commissioner), Commissioner Jenniskens (Netherlands Commissioner), Mr. Anthony Liverpool (Antigua and Barbuda), Ilse Aigner (Minister of Agriculture, Germany) and Secretariat (International Whaling Commission) On June 21, 2010, the International Whaling Commission will vote on a proposal to lift the ban on commercial whaling.

The process leading up to this vote has been anything but transparent. Closed door meetings were just the beginning. Recent investigations have shown that Japan has spent over 60 billion yen disguised as “foreign aid,” buying votes of IWC members by paying for their travel, sponsoring their membership fees, and even offering call girls and envelopes of money. The countries involved in this corruption should be held accountable for their actions. Whale protection should not be based on special interests and bribery. Ask the IWC to take immediate action to investigate this corruption before they vote on the future of our whales.

The Following are the actual petition wrote regarding the above :

Investigate IWC Corruption Before Voting on the Whaling Ban

Greetings,

Recent information about corruption in the IWC raises serious questions about the upcoming vote on the proposal to lift the moratorium on commercial whaling.

The truth about Japan’s vote buying is already internationally known; a huge investment of over 60 billion yen in total, disguised as “foreign aid,” paying membership fees of IWC members, their flight tickets, luxury hotels, and even offering them call girls and envelopes of cash, as the recent undercover investigation by The Times reporters reveals.

I urge the IWC to take immediate action to disqualify the votes of the bribed countries, and to expel these member states from future IWC decisions. Many of these countries have no national interest in whaling or whale protection, and their votes driven by Japan’s money threatens the credibility of the entire organization.

Here is some of the evidence of the corruption among IWC members:

1. http://chikyu-to-umi.com/kkneko/english/oda2e.htm (a detailed analysis of Japan’s expenditures on “foreign aid”)
2. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article7149086.ece (the undercover investigation by The Times reporters)
3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMp2vgZXv7o&feature=related
4. http://www.caribbean360.com/index.php/opinion/18900.html
5. http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fb20100425a1.html

I urge you to call for an immediate investigation of all members, and the voting process, and to impose sanctions on Japan and the countries which sell out their votes.

The future of whales cannot rest on special interests and bribery. The proposal to lift the ban on commercial whaling should be suspended indefinitely, pending an investigation into IWC corruption and a more tranparent process of considering the global impact of such a proposal.

Please take concrete action to uphold the mission of the IWC. The decision to allow commercial whaling should not be tainted by corruption, or rushed to a vote.

This could be our last chance to protect whales.

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