Ihr Protest an die Mitgliedsstaaten der Europäischen Union!

Bitte unterstützen Sie unseren Aufruf an die Mitgliedstaaten der Europäischen Union bei der Internationalen Walfangkommission (IWC), dem dänischen Antrag eine klare Absage zu erteilen und somit Buckelwale vor der Bejagung zu bewahren. Eine deutsche Übersetzung des Textes finden Sie hier.
 

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The Hon Mr. Niki Berlakovich, Federal Minister Federal Ministry Of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment And Water Management, Austria
The Hon. Etienne Schouppe, Secretary Of State For Mobility, Belgium
Nona Ivanova Karadjova, Ministry of Environment and Water, Bulgaria
Martin Bursík, Minister Of The Environment, Czech Republic
The Honourable Troels Lund Poulsen, Minister For The Envirionment, Denmark
Minister Jaanus Tamkivi, Ministry Of The Environment, Estonia
Paula Lehtomäki, Minister For Environment, Finland
Mr Jean-Louis Borloo, Ministre De L'écologie, France
Ilse Aigner, Bundesministerin für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz, Germany
Tina Birbili, Minister For The Environment, Greece
Imre Szabo, Minister Of Environment, Hungary
The Hon. John Gormley, Minister For The Environment, Eire
Stefania Prestigiacomo, Minister For Environment, Italy
Gediminas Kazlauskas, Minister For Environment, Lithuania
Claude Wiseler, Ministre De L'Environnement, Luxembourg
The Hon. Gerritje Verburg, Minister Of Agriculture, Nature And Food Quality, Nederlands
The Hon. Professor Andrzej Kraszewski, Minister Of The Environment, Poland
Dulce Álvaro Pássaro, Minister For Environment, Portugal
László Borbély, Minister For Environment, Romania
The Hon. Jozef Medve, Minister For Environment, Slovak Republic
Dr. Roko Žarnic, Minister Of The Environment, Slovenia
Elena Espinosa Mangana - Minister For Environment, Spain
Andreas Carlgren - Minister For Environment, Sweden
The Rt. Hon. Hilary Benn, Secretary Of State For The Environment, Food And Rural Affairs, UK
Commissioner Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner For The Environment

Dear Minister,

You must take action to prevent a procedural stalemate within the European Union precipitating the resumption of commercial whaling.

We, the citizens of the European Union are aware of a difficult debate within the EU over the protection of whales. We understand that the Member Countries of the EU, who also belong to the International Whaling Commission, are unable to find consensus on a proposal by Denmark to allow Greenland to kill ten humpback whales a year. The proposal will be voted on this week at an intersessional meeting of the IWC.

We have learned that the Member countries have been advised that if they cannot reach consensus on the proposal, they will all have to abstain on the proposal before the IWC meeting. Considering that EU countries make up almost 30 percent of the membership of the IWC, and that so many other nations follow the lead of the EU, such a mass abstention would undoubtedly lead to the controversial and divisive proposal being adopted. It would also set a terrible precedent for the next annual meeting of the IWC in June 2010 which is expected to vote on a proposal to suspend the IWC’s longstanding moratorium on commercial whaling and allow commercial whaling to resume.

We are outraged that the European Union’s strong mandate to protect whales, and its leadership role in the IWC, could be eviscerated in the interests of Denmark and a minority of EU members that support the Greenland proposal. We fear that democracy will be hijacked again with even worse consequences when the EU has to reach a common position on the proposal to legitimize commercial whaling. All that Denmark, the only EU country that actively supports commercial whaling, will have to do to ensure the proposal is adopted by the IWC, is block consensus within the EU. This is unacceptable. We demand that member states be able to represent the strong views of their citizens on whaling and to cast their vote freely.

Minister, as the International Whaling Commission prepares to meet in Florida, USA, on the 4th and 5th March we are aware that you may hold the key to votes of all the European Union members.

We agree with WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, that Denmark’s proposal does not meet the conditions set by the European Union for approving a proposal for an Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling quota (see http://www.wdcs.org/story_details.php?select=536) and expect you to oppose this request by voting ‘NO’ for any schedule amendment that allocates humpback whales to Greenland.

We also support WDCS in fighting for the rights of the sovereign nations of Europe to represent the vast majority of EU citizens in opposing commercial whaling in all its forms.

We share WDCS’s concerns that the use of voting procedures to block EU countries from exercising their rights in an environmental agreement to which the EU is not even a signatory will set an extremely dangerous precedent within the IWC and within any other environmental agreements in which the EU engages. This is a dangerous and inappropriate position for the EU members to be forced into.
 
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