Wednesday, June 6, 2007

14th conference of CITES

Blue Whale
CITES (Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is a global body that regulates trade of vulnerable animals that face various threats in the wild. It has 169 member states and a lot of clout when it comes to regulating cross-border trade of animal products. The members meet periodically to discuss key conservation, environmental and business issues.

The 14th conference is underway these days in The Hague, Netherlands, and already a lot of key resolutions have been passed. The one that I want to highlight though (even as it's not about cats!) is the majority decision to rebuff Japan's attempt at reopening commercial trade in whale products. For a while now Japan, Norway and Iceland have been trying to push a resolution to promote whaling and frankly it's beyond my comprehension as to why governments of enlightened and developed nations will try such stuff just for a few bucks when this brings obvious disdain from conservationists and laymen alike around the world. All three countries were thwarted last month at International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Alaska as well. 'This is a big win for whales' - Manager of Global Whales Program was quoted as saying. He added: 'Today's decision and the strong conservation majority at last week's IWC meeting signal an emerging global consensus for whale conservation in the 21st century'. Anyway - Way to Go CITES and hope they act strongly for all the threatened cats in the wild as well :)

Blue Whale

[pic - The Blue Whale - thought to be the largest animal to have ever lived - bigger than even the largest of dinosaurs - why on earth would anyone want to kill a creature so grand and regal???]

13 comments:

HRH Yao-Lin said...

My humans went on a three day trip across the Bay of biscay and saw some amazing sealife - whales and dolphins to name but a few. They don't understand why whaling is even being contemplated as a legal pursuit. Our government banned fox hunting so why can't they stop this barbaric past-time?

Miss Peach>(^,^) said...

FISH ARE FURRRENDS!!!!! Nemo said so! Why won't the world listen to this! Have we learned nothing from history....must it repeat itself for each generation in a bloody way....I think NOT.
Hugs to you this PEACEful day.
Luf Miss Peach 4 Peace >(^,^)<

Karen Jo said...

Yay for CITES! I don't understand why anyone would still want to pursue whaling. We nearly killed them off once. Can't we just leave the whales alone now?

Lady D said...

should stop it before its gone forever...

There are much more fishes to eat that whale...

nice article, you should post it at digg.com

Daisy said...

Hooray for the whales!

Oscar the Puppy Cat said...

Whales are majestic and wonderful! My Mommybean says that unfortunately, as long as their are Hilton's and Trump's in the world (and the like), there will always be a market for whale products. Whale blubber is used in very high end perfumes. Real perfumes, not toilette water, get its unique oils from the blubber of whales. That is why it is so expensive. How very sad! I loved your post today!

Faz the Cat said...

People can be so dumb! FAZ

Kaze, Latte, or Chase said...

Whales are cool...for things that live in the sea. I would never try to eat one!! What a great victory.

Latte

Aloysius said...

Thanks for alerting us to CITES. I'm going to look into it some more.

Marilyn MonREOW said...

Thank you for your informative post! Whales are fascinating and wonderful creatures, and humans ought to leave them alone.

Tara said...

Those whales are majestic and wonderful. We've had two swimming in our delta for weeks! I think they finally made it out to sea.

Thanks for visiting on Peace Globe Day!

Tara

Catzee said...

Ooo, a big fishy. I'd like to try an' catch a big fishy. Or a lil fishy. I'd like to try an' catch any fishy. Cuz I'm a kitty. An' kitties try an catch fishys.

Suzanne said...

suzanne says 'hi' and thanks for the good wishes.

i'm baffled by the desire to resume whaling. what?! like peach, i ask 'have we learned nothing?'

(and i remember that star trek movie about the whales...do you?)

love
--suz

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