IFAW calls for a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic

Animal lovers urged the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the next session to be held next week in Panama, to approve a plan to create a whale reserve in the South Atlantic, to preserve the remaining populations of these sea giants, told RIA Novosti director of the Russian representative of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW ) Maria Vorontsov.

Formal appeal to the ICC member countries is contained in a release issued IFAW before the opening of the 64th session of the Commission.

"At the last session due to disagreements within the committee (about half of the participants in favor of continued fishing, and others — for its termination) is not reached before the vote on the organization of the South Atlantic whale sanctuary. Commission Chairman promised that in the next session This issue will be raised first. We very much hope it will be possible to create a reserve "- said Vorontsov.

According to the schedule provided in the site IWC, the establishment of a reserve for discussion submitted by Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, and will be discussed at the beginning of the session. IFAW also recalls that the first proposal was made to create a whale sanctuary in 2003.

As specified representative of the foundation, during the whaling in the 19th and 20th centuries, gray and right whales were virtually exterminated in the South Atlantic waters.

"Witnesses say 100-150 years ago, on the backs of whales could walk from the ship to the pier. Said is seen in Boston. In whales were so fat that whales are not killed by drowning, and floating on the surface. Extract them easily. Now, the entire 300 South Atlantic right whales, "- said Vorontsov.

The International Whaling Commission (International Whaling Commission — IWC) was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling in 1946 in Washington. The main purpose of the Convention is to ensure the proper conservation of whale populations in order to make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry. At present, the ICC comprises 89 countries, including Russia.

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