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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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Volume LXIII · Isle of Jersey, United Kingdom · No. 2 · Tuesday July 12, 2011
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Where Are They Now?

A large number of countries have failed to make an appearance this year at the IWC meeting. Many are past client nations of Japan, dependent on Japanese taxpayers paying their travel costs and IWC dues (not to mention, according to news reports last year, cash payments to Commissioners and prostitutes).  The matter directly impinges on the IWC budget, part of today’s discussion.

The never-shy Commissioner from St. Kitts and Nevis, Mr. Daven Joseph, made an impassioned plea to the IWC yesterday, claiming that many of these delegations were unable to get visas to come to Jersey for the meeting. Mr. Joseph suggested no action be taken by the IWC until Thursday, in the hopes that these missing countries show up.

However, since these countries have not paid their dues, they couldn’t vote anyway.