An undercover investigation found officials from six countries were willing to consider selling their votes on the International Whaling Commission (IWC for payment of their expenses and the favors of prostitutes supplied by Japan.
Japan is desperate to break the 24-year moratorium on commercial whaling. This months meeting of the IWC will decide if thousands of whales, including many endangered species will continue to be hunted and slaughtered for “scientific purposes.
Japan denies buying the votes of IWC members.
Delegates from the involved countries have been documented:
- Admitting that they voted with the whaling countries,because they accepted large amounts of aid from Japan. One delegate claimed he was not sure if his country had any whales in its territorial waters; while other countries are landlocked .
- Cash payments were handed to delegates in envelopes at IWC meetings by Japanese officials who picked up the tab for the travel and hotel bills. of co operating members
- A supply of call girls were offered to one delegate when fisheries ministers and civil servants visited Japan for meetings.
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