Philippines, India sign memorandum on whale protection

NEWS LETTER Join the GlobalPost daily globalnews.com title India, Philippines sign memorandum allowing trade in whales article PHILIPPINES — The Philippines and India have signed a memorandum on the protection of the whale population, the country’s fisheries department said on Wednesday.

The memorandum was signed by Fisheries Secretary Andres Saldanha and Minister of Environment and Forests Risa Hontiveros.

In a statement, the two ministers said that they would be signing the memorandum on April 27.

Hontivos announcement comes as the United States and other countries are moving to restrict the trade in whale products and seek a ban on the sale of whales.

“The memorandum will also allow the Philippine and Indian governments to develop mutually beneficial cooperation on the management of the threatened whales,” the statement said.

The two countries signed the agreement in March in an attempt to improve their cooperation in the management and conservation of the whales.

Honduras, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand also signed the memorandum, according to the statement.

The agreement was first signed in 2015 between the governments of the Philippines, Peru and Vietnam.

The whales are critically endangered in the Western Pacific and are classified as critically endangered under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

The treaty prohibits the sale, import, transportation, export and transfer of the animals in violation of the Convention.