Earlier today Greenpeace activists placed a 50 foot long inflatable whale on the steps of Piazza di Spagna in the heart of Rome with a message that read, “The whales are not for sale.” Greenpeace’s stunt coincides with the first day of talks at the IWC’s annual meeting in Agadir, Morocco where the 88-member government delegation is considering a proposal that will legalize commercial whaling.
While Italy is strongly opposed to whale hunting, the government has been “silent on the trading of votes which threatens whales,” according to Greenpeace Italy.
The inflatable whale stayed “beached’ on the steps for a few hours before authorities urged the activists to leave.
The IWC delegates meet in Morocco June 21-25. A passage of the controversial proposal requires the support of 75% of the 88 member delegation.