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***ACTION ALERT!!***
Norways Resuption Of Trade In Whale Products
Source: WDCS
- January 18

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Dear friend,

You have probably read about Norway's resumption of trade in whale products in the press or on our web site. We are calling on all our supporters to write to the Norwegian Government and/or to the Norwegian embassy in their country to express your concerns on this issue (all contact details can be found below). We are deeply concerned at this development and its implications for whale conservation. Because Norway and Japan hold 'reservations' to the CITES ban on international trade in whale meat, they can trade legally. But, this development, in addition to their continued whaling in defiance of the IWC's moratorium, shows that Norway and Japan have no regard for international regulations - nor the compelling conservation and welfare reasons for them.

Thank you.
With our very best wishes
All of us at WDCS

*** PLEASE PROTEST AT NORWAY'S
RESUMPTION OF TRADE IN WHALE PRODUCTS ***

Following press reports (see WDCS news) that Norwegian whalers had signed contracts with Japanese buyers to export between 500 and 600 tons of whale blubber to Japan, the Norwegian Government announced on 16 January that it would permit the trade to commence when DNA registers in each country are established.

The reports say that the blubber currently lying in storage in freezers in Norway, could be shipped to Japan for a deal that would bring in some 8.4 million kroner (971,000 USD or 657,000 GBP). But this is more than a one-off sale to free up the freezers; reports in the Norwegian press call for Norway?s self-allocated whaling quota to be more than doubled to 1,500 animals a year to "get export advantages of 300 million kroner" (£23 million).

The government report states that it is "up to the industry to find markets" suggesting that Japan may not be the only buyer. In addition to Japan, both Iceland and Peru hold reservations to the CITES listing and could legally import whale blubber from Norway.

WDCS is deeply concerned at this development and its implications for whale conservation. Because Norway and Japan hold ?reservations? to the CITES ban on international trade in whale meat, they can trade legally.

But, this development, in addition to their continued whaling in defiance of the IWC?s moratorium, shows that Norway and Japan have no regard for international regulations nor the compelling conservation and welfare reasons for them.

This act of defiance, like Japan?s provocative expansion of its whaling in 200 to include sperm and Bryde?s whales should be a clear indication to the IWC, which meets in just two weeks time to discuss whaling management, that Norway has no intention of abiding by the regulations being devised.

*PLEASE EXPRESS YOUR CONCERN BY WRITING TO:

  • Prime Minister of Norway Jens Stoltenberg
    The Office of the Prime Minister
    P.O. Box 8001 dep.
    (NO-)0030 Oslo
    Telephone: +47 22 24 90 90
    E-mail: Prime Minister
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs Thorbjørn Jagland
    To send e-mail message CLICK HERE.

  • Minister of Fisheries Otto Gregussen
    P.O. Box 8118 Dep
    (NO)-0032 Oslo
    Telephone: +47 22 24 90 90
    Fax: +47 22 24 95 85
    E-mail:
    postmottak@fid.dep.no

    Embassy of Norway in Great Britain:

  • Ambassador H.E. Tarald O. Brautaset
    Royal Norwegian Embassy
    25 Belgrave Square
    London SW1X 8QD
    Telephone 020 7591 5500
    Fax: 020 7245 6993
    E-mail: emb.london@mfa.no

    Embassy of Norway in the United States:

    Ambassador H.E. Tom Vraalsen
    Fisheries Counselor Halvard Johansen
    Royal Norwegian Embassy
    2720 34th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20008
    T (202) 333-6000
    F (202) 337-0870
    To send an e-mail message.

    Embassy of Norway in Germany:
    BERLIN - Amb.
    Rauchstr. 1, 10787
    Berlin
    T 49-30-50 50 50
    F 49-30-50 50 55
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