The Environmental Pillar welcomes the decision of the United Nation’s International Court of Justice, which has just announced its ruling that: Japan’s whaling is not scientific; and is therefore illegal, and that it must stop immediately.
The Environmental Pillar believes that the rights of these complex social mammals need to be further protected by the extension of whale and dolphin sanctuaries to cover all marine environments.
“Ireland is probably the best country in the world for land based whale watching and a great tourism resource” said Michael Ewing, co-ordinator of the Environmental Pillar.
“Whales and cetaceans are critically endangered worldwide and the commercial exploitation of these species under the guise of ‘scientific’ whaling is a shame on the maritime countries of the world.”
He went on to say: ” Ireland declared its territorial waters to be a whale and dolphin sanctuary in 1991 and now the Environmental Pillar calls upon the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the Member States to work together to establish a Whale and Dolphin Sanctuary – throughout European waters.”
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