FRIGATE BAY, St. Kitts - June 20 - The conservation community stood together today on the Marriott Resort beach in St. Kitts, when 10 Greenpeace activists were arrested as they landed on the beach in inflatable boats and attempted to plant cardboard whale tails into the sand. International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) representatives were present to show support for Greenpeace's peaceful demonstration and for global whale conservation.
The demonstration came on the last day of the 58th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) taking place June 16 - 20 at the Marriott Resort in St. Kitts. Just yesterday, the IWC passed a resolution by consensus stating that, "the Commission and Contracting Governments support the right to legitimate and peaceful forms of protest and demonstration." St. Kitts and Nevis was the only country which chose to take a reservation out on the resolution.
Patrick Ramage of IFAW was on the beach with Greenpeace and said, "IFAW is proud to be standing shoulder to shoulder with Greenpeace in this campaign. The Greenpeace action today is heroic, and draws attention to the fact that even while we win on the vote count inside the IWC meeting, whales are being killed out in the open sea by Japan, Iceland and Norway; and IFAW, Greenpeace and other organizations of conscience are going to continue to highlight and oppose this."
IFAW is calling on IWC members to take a strong stand against commercial whaling at this year's meeting of the International Whaling Commission. To make your voice heard in support of whales, visit IFAW's campaign Web site http://www.stopwhalingnow.org today.