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The critical vote to allow Iceland back into the IWC came from Sweden. The Swedish government is now claiming the vote was a mistake but the damage has been done.
Sweden's vote would not have been so important if it were not for the fact that the Fisheries Agency of Japan has used fisheries aid to buy the votes of developing countries. Nine of the 19 votes to admit Iceland were obtained in this way. Every year the bloc of votes controlled by Japan increases. The anti-whaling governments know this, but none of them are willing to speak out.
The only thing which can prevent further attacks on whales is that governments speak out against vote buying. If Sweden indeed did make a mistake, they now have a golden opportunity to prove that they are still committed to whale conservation.
Take action: help stop whaling in the North Pacific
This year's whaling quota for the North Pacific will allow 150 minke whales, 50 Bryde's whales, 10 sperm whales and 50 sei whales. This is addition to the 440 minke whales taken each year in the Antarctic.
You can help stop commercial whaling with our action kit. Send a letter in Japanese to the Foreign Minister of Japan, put up posters in your community to recruit more cyberactivists or write a letter to your local newnewspaper. Download the kit
You can show your opposition to whaling in person. Join the picture petition against commercial whaling by uploading a picture of yourself and a personal statement for our online picture petition. Click here to join the international petition or join the German petition here.
Take action: Put the pressure on the Japanese government
In recent years Japan has actively and openly corrupted the IWC by using Overseas Development Aid (ODA) to buy the votes of some existing members and to recruit new members in support of a resumption of commercial whaling. Although some countries have challenged Japan and Norway's attempts to resume commercial whaling, the reality is that Japan is buying a return to commercial whaling.
Yet these countries are not doing enough to challenge the Japanese government's tactics.
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