World’s Nations to Consider Lifting Whaling Ban This Month

World’s Nations to Consider Lifting Whaling Ban This Month



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SANTIAGO, Chile, June 17 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ —

What:

Telephonic Press Briefing in advance of 80-nation International Whaling Commission meeting taking place June 23rd in Santiago, Chile

This press briefing call is designed to provide key media with information on the top issues to be considered by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) at their annual meeting. This year is expected to be as contentious as previous years, with pro-whaling nations pitted closely against anti-whaling nations, and behind the scenes negotiations by some key nations, including the U.S. and Japan, setting the stage for a possible lifting of the global ban on commercial whaling.

Experts with more than a decade of experience attending IWC meetings will offer insights into this global forum, its key players, and how decisions made at this year’s meeting will impact the world’s whale species. An open Q&A session will follow brief introductions from each speaker. Media are encouraged to ask any question they may have as they begin preparing to cover this important meeting.

Who:

Patrick Ramage – Head of IFAW Global Whale Program

Vassili Papastavrou – International whale expert and senior member of IFAW’s IWC team

When:

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

11am – Eastern U.S. time

8am – Pacific U.S. time

11am – Chile time

4pm – United Kingdom

Where:

This is a telephonic press briefing. To participate:

From the U.S. dial: 1.800.860.2442 / From international locations dial: 1. 412.858.4600

Passcode for both U.S. and international participants: IFAW Call

The press briefing will also be webcast and archived at: http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=49134

About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)

Since 1969 IFAW has worked around the globe to protect wild and domestic animals, and to promote practical solutions that benefit animals and people. The organization is recognized internationally as a leader in the protection of whales and their habitats worldwide.

Editors: For more information about IFAW visit www.ifaw.org

World’s Nations to Consider Lifting Whaling Ban This Month