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Nicaragua States It Will Not Longer Vote for Whaling

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The Nicaraguan government announced yesterday it will not support whaling in the upcoming reunion of the International Whaling Commission. They informed in a statement that the government is in favor of whale preservation and protection.

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Sanne d (25)
Wednesday April 11, 2007, 11:20 am
The article comes from a national Nicaraguan newspaper and is in Spanish. Therfore, I'll post the translation in English here:

Government renounces whaling
This will not halt protests.

Wilder Pérez R.

The Nicaraguan government announced yesterday that it will not support whaling in the upcoming reunion of the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Nicaraguan Republic informed in a statement that the government is in favor of whale preservation and protection.

The government even accepted the Buenos Aires Declaration, compromised itself with the moratorium on commercial whaling and rejected lethal scientific research of whales.

Milko Schvartzman, coordinator of ‘Defending Our Oceans’ Campaigns of the international environmental organization Greenpeace, is present in Nicaragua to support a protest against the government because until yesterday it positioned itself in favor of whaling. He welcomed the new position of the country towards the IWC, but notified that they will not stop working as long as the country’s new position is not reflected in the votes next May, in favor or against whaling.

Therefore, inhabitants of at least eight countries in Latin America and Europe, and Australia, protest today against Nicaragua, against its support to whaling ever since former president Enrique Bolaños came into power in 2001.

Groups of environmentalists in different places all over the world will install cemeteries simulating whales in front of the Nicaraguan embassies and consulates asking for the government to abandon its position in the IWC.

Schvartzman said that the protest’s idea is “that the Nicaraguan government not only listens to its own citizens, but also to citizens of Latin America and of the whole world”.

The protests are held from the early morning hours onwards, in various cities in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Portugal, Australia and Spain. In Nicaragua the protest starts at 2 p.m. in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Every protest consists of 945 whale tales, which will be placed in front of the embassies with the text R.I.P. (Rest In Peace) written on them, referring to a whale cemetery.

The President Daniel Ortega Saavedra took upon himself to change Nicaragua’s vote while he was candidate for President. But it was not until yesterday that he gave signals to comply this promise; before that he maintained a nearly absolute silence over the theme. Nicaragua has not paid the 20 thousand dollar contribution of the IWC and until now it does not have the right to vote.


Gwen M (236)
Wednesday April 11, 2007, 12:02 pm
excellant news

Mike H (252)
Wednesday April 11, 2007, 12:47 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 11, 2007, 12:55 pm
It's very good, hip hurraa

Abid Ali G M (397)
Wednesday April 11, 2007, 1:19 pm
Great news

Robert J (32)
Wednesday April 11, 2007, 2:43 pm
...and so change triumphs.

IE Ries (237)
Wednesday April 11, 2007, 2:48 pm

Maybe Care2 folks could organize to send the Nicaraguan officials a great big THANK YOU for their decision?


Delight Woodley (46)
Wednesday April 11, 2007, 3:05 pm
This is wonderful news, and of course all the people who worked so hard to get to this place, need to be thanked. I allso agree it is a nice thing to thank the Nicaraguian officials for thei decision. Never-the-less...the whales got some protection! THANK YOU ALL

Anita Lee (1121)
Wednesday April 11, 2007, 3:09 pm
Wow, what great relief. Good News, this is TUMBS up!

Maureen S (122)
Wednesday April 11, 2007, 3:21 pm
THIS IS FANTASTIC NEWS!!! It would seem that Japan and other whaling countries are losing their grip on pressuring other countries to continue, or allow whaling. The best thing that can happen is this! As for noting that one So. American country can do this, I ask all Care2 people to also follow in helping me bring an end to the capture of wild dolphins in Panama; recently President Martin Torrijos announced that he thought this capture was "reasonable" and it should be leagalised. Since the U.S. is beginning trade negotiations on this, please help me stop it. I have a petition to gather signaures for delivery to Secretary Rice. I would truly appreciate it if you would sign it!!! The goal is 1,000,000 and that's not easy to gather.

Howebver, I know that we at Care2 can do this; capturing dolphins for aquaria is not that far from whaling; that will be the next thing. Given that Ecuador has shown this courage, help me demonstrate that we ALL care about cetacean species!!! We can make this difference. You can find the petition here:

Thank you all so much; and thank you Sanne for posting this story. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to make this decision. Ecaudor should have our thanks for this!!!

Jennie B (14)
Wednesday April 11, 2007, 4:23 pm
Excellent news! Take that Japan - come on and be NEXT! Thanks for posting. Share the news everyone! See it can be done. Let's let good news inspire and energize us to keep working for all animals - and more good news! Noted.

Stacey M (264)
Wednesday April 11, 2007, 4:35 pm
We have all been heard!! This is inspiring and wonderful news!!!
Thank you for sharing!!

Sandee S (228)
Wednesday April 11, 2007, 5:21 pm
I am so very happy. Now this is done and whales will be saved there. What joyful news. Now how do we get places like Japan to stop??? Thank you so much for sharing. Italia

Joycey B (750)
Wednesday April 11, 2007, 9:16 pm
So great to hear good news. Thanks Sanne.

Alf I (246)
Thursday April 12, 2007, 2:37 am
Nice to have some good news for a change!! Lets hope other countries follow their example.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 12, 2007, 5:19 am
This is great to hear. Great to read some good news again.

Sanne d (25)
Thursday April 12, 2007, 7:35 am
Thank you everybody for your comments.

As told in the article, yesterday protests were organised in several countries throughout the world. As I live in Buenos Aires, I participated in the protest organised here and it was tremendous to see the amount of people and their activism. About 300 people gathered in front of the Nicaraguan embassy with whale-tales with the letters R.I.P written on them. The protest was peaceful, although the people showed their dissatisfaction by shouting: 'no to whaling' and 'Nicaragua vote against whaling'.

It is very encouraging to see that the pressure helps and that Japan is loosing support in the IWC. Nevertheless, we have to keep the work going. Japan also remains recruiting countries. For example, it has started a dialogue with Tanzania.

Keep up the pressure!

For more information, look at


IE Ries (237)
Thursday April 12, 2007, 4:54 pm
Japan is dangling monetary aid in front of Tanzania to get their vote, it's despicable. Either give the Tanzanians a gift or a loan, but don't bribe them for a vote, it dirties and cheapens further an already disgusting pursuit: whaling.

scott Stunz (66)
Thursday April 12, 2007, 6:13 pm
HIP HIP HORAY yay !!!!

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Thursday April 12, 2007, 9:43 pm
the 'tides' are changing and there will be Grace for our "Buddha Beings". Care2 members watch to see if the Nicaraguan government makes good on their vote against whaling.

christine w (23)
Friday April 13, 2007, 5:29 am
This is excellent news providing they do indeed stick to their undertaking.
Now let's turn our attention to those other coiuntries such as Dominica & St. Lucia who whilst
accalimed as "Whale Watching capital of the Carribean" vote right down the line with Japan at the IWC.

Past Member (0)
Friday April 13, 2007, 6:34 am
Good news !

Theresa C (69)
Friday April 13, 2007, 9:52 am
Great news to hear!

Brenda R (6)
Friday April 13, 2007, 10:23 am
Way to go Nicaragua! This is just one step closer to the goal. Why can't other countries step on to the plate as well.

Past Member (0)
Friday April 13, 2007, 5:53 pm
Viva Nicaragua! Viva las ballenas! Que bueno, a brave big step for a small country.

Jirata p (0)
Friday April 13, 2007, 9:31 pm
EXCELENT Nikaragua!
Some Governments who allow the few whales to be butchered have to get a good lesson.

Rhonda L (24)
Saturday April 14, 2007, 11:15 pm
Awesome! Good job Nicaragua!

Menkit P (31)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 2:30 am
Of course we all rejoice to learn that another nation will vote against the resumption of commercial whaling. But I wonder how many nations Japan has been buying off that we don't know about? I bet for every one anti-whaling there are 2 Japan curries pro-whaling.

Not only that, but irrespective of whether or not Japan succeeds this year at the IWC they plan to resume commercial whaling with or without the blessings of the IWC and the international community.

So there is no real victory till Japan, Iceland and Norway realize what they are doing and stop - hopefully before they annihilate all the cetaceans. Either that or another body forces them to stop. Who will stand up to Japan though? Certainly not Australia ...

Diane C (38)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 11:00 am
Good for Nicaragua!!!!

Liz sands (76)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 11:51 am
noted thanks

Cris c (178)
Sunday April 15, 2007, 2:22 pm
i receive too this comunication, great!!!

Sanne d (25)
Monday April 16, 2007, 11:51 am
Nicaragua's vote can be crucial in the upcoming IWC meeting. In last year's meeting, Japan won its first vote in fifteen years when voting for the St. Kitts and Nevis declaration, with a one vote advantage. Luckily this was not enough for the declaration to be accepted as Japan needed a 75% majority for that. The St.Kitts and Nevis Declaration issues the abolishment of the current moratorium on commercial whaling.

Perhaps Japan will step out of the IWC, or continue its activities despite IWC policies and decisions. Therefore, it is extremely important to keep the political pressure high, both by influencing public opinion, as by urging anti whaling countries to exercise political power on pro whaling countries.

For example, Iceland announced this week they might reconsider their policies on whaling. The prime minister expressed that "it's an equation with several elements in there -- one is the market, one is world public opinion, one is tourism and so on -- and we have to weigh all these together, and the different interests, before we come up with a new decision".
For more information on this, check:

Susan S (67)
Wednesday April 25, 2007, 12:59 pm

Susan S (67)
Wednesday April 25, 2007, 12:59 pm

Teresa del Castillo (1519)
Monday May 14, 2007, 5:09 pm
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