Dominican Republic Commits to Defending Whales

Whale-Watching-Samana

A Greenpeace delegation is now in the Dominican Republic asking the country to join the campaign to ban the slaughter of whales. Although the Environment Ministry states that it is truly committed to defending the humpback whales, it admits that it still owes the membership in the International Whaling Commission.

The Environment Ministry warned Friday that Dominican Republic will defend in any arena the humpback whales that migrate every year to Navidad and La Plata banks, near Puerto Plata and Samana, to halt their continued hunt, although minister Bautista Rojas admitted that the country owes the world regulatory agency.

A Greenpeace delegation is currently in the country and asks Dominicans to join the campaign to ban the slaughter of whales and rebuke those nations that still do so, citing, Greenland and Denmark. “We sympathize with Greenpeace’s efforts and foresee that as Government we will do everything within our reach to halt the killing of whales,” Environment said in a statement.

It said the International Whaling Commission is an excellent setting which Dominican Republic can use to defend and preserve humpbacks.

Rojas admitted however that he’s still awaiting funds from the Government to pay the US$40,000 quota to update Dominican Republic’s membership in the International Whaling Commission.

Greenpeace said it’s visiting numerous countries to lodge the same request and will state a strong position before the International Whaling Commission.

For full article, see http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/tourism/2014/8/15/52469/The-government-defends-whales-but-doesnt-pay-world-quota

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