Ilford South’s MP, Mike Gapes, has shown his support for whales by signing the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) whale board and backing calls for a permanent end to Japan’s Antarctic whaling.
Mike attended an IFAW parliamentary event which was held to raise awareness of Japan’s plans to resume so-called ‘scientific whaling’ in the Southern Ocean later this year, and to urge politicians to raise the issue with Japan at the highest diplomatic level.
Japan wants to target 333 minke whales a year for the next 12 years; around 4,000 whales in total. This is despite limited appetite for whale meat and international opposition to whaling.
Since the global moratorium on commercial whaling was introduced, Japan has killed more than 14,000 whales in the name of science, the vast majority of these in the Southern Ocean.
IFAW works in whaling countries to promote whale watching as a humane and sustainable alternative to the killing of whales that is better for whales and for coastal communities.
Mike Gapes said:
“I am pleased to support IFAW’s work to protect whales at a time when they face more threats than ever before. I believe these magnificent and intelligent animals should be protected for future generations and urge Japan to abandon its plans for further Antarctic whaling.”