Today consisted of a quick morning lecture on seal conservation. Following the lectures, we grouped into our International Whaling Commission teams. I was part of team Japan, which was pro-whaling. At 7:00 we all gathered in the common room to begin hashing out what new rules we wanted to establish.
The instructions were simple: create any rule you want and get it passed with over half approval. We were allowed to amend the proposed bills will anything- sabotage was encouraged.
The debate started with my team, Japan, saying we wanted the ability to whale more frequently for science and for our culture. We argued that the Japanese have been eating whales since 9,000 B.C. This stopped or a brief period of time before being resumed in 1945 as commercial whaling. It also ensures a meat supply. We argued we would have a hard time feeding our people if we stopped whaling. We also brought up that the United States were the ones who pressured the Japanese to stop whaling because if we didn't they would impose economic sanctions. We asked for an increased cultural catch provision and a lift of the moratorium, which is a stringent catch quota, so that we could keep the population at a sustainable level while still whaling.
We were immediately shut down and told that nothing we put through would be approved. This meant we would need to add amendments to other teams in order to get anything passed.
The other teams consisted of North Korea, Barbados, Norway, Denmark, and Australia. North Korea's plans were also immediately foiled. Barbados started off productive, but didn't have enough money to really contribute enough for the other countries to help them.
In the end, we were able to pass more laws allowing sustainable whaling, and we all agreed to help Barbados survey the water around them.