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At the recent IWC meeting in Panama, Tony Burke, leading the Australian IWC delegation voted in support of a quota for St Vincents & The Grenadines which will allow 24 Humpback whales to be slaughtered over the next six years.
The US " bundled" together genuine Aboriginal subsistence quotas with non idigenous, highly controversial quotas including one for St Vincents. In spite of the Chair of the National Trust advising the Convention meeting that there has never been any history of Aboriginal whaling in her country, and in spite of detailing the appalling cruelty involved in the kill, Australia gave a vote in support.
St Vincents & The Grenadines have a long history of infractions at the IWC. Cows and calves are chased by speedboats and harpooned from speedboats. As one IWC NGO writes:- " whalers" chase them around in speedboats, violating every rule in the book, separating mothers from babies and killing whoever and wherever they can. These actions have been supported by Australia's vote.
In spite of the fact the vote by Burke is a total contradiction of Australia's anti whaling policies, and in spite of sending out press releases to all major radio stations and newspapers, both metro and regional, no media will cover this story.
Has Australia become a puppet of the US embracing its pro-whaling policies ?
Sue Arnold, Co ordinator Australians for Animals Inc.