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ECO is published by Earth Island Institute’s International Marine Mammal Project at the meeting of the International Whaling Commission on behalf of environmental and animal welfare organizations around the globe.

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Corruption of the IWC

Volume LXII · Agadir, Morocco · No. 2 · Tuesday June 22, 2010
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Going into the second day of the now-secret IWC Plenary Session, ECO asks the question, will the IWC investigate the bribery actions of the government of Japan to support whaling at the IWC through corruption of other delegates through cash (as much as $1,000 a day in bribes to individual delegates), travel tickets to Japan and IWC meetings, and prostitutes?

A shocking series of stories in the Sunday Times of London revealed that reporters, posing as rich environmentalists, recorded conversations with government officials from the countries of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Marshall Islands, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Grenada, and Kiribati. Those government officials admitted they supported Japan at the IWC meetings in return for bribes from the Japan Fisheries Agency.

The IWC, in order to maintain credibility with the world, must investigate and take action to stop such blatant usurpation of the Commission’s integrity.

Once again, ECO strongly urges that the Commission investigate these charges and takes action to end these kinds of outrageous practices by countries seeking to destroy the world’s whales and the credibility of the IWC.