“..New Zealand is the only country to vote against further protection for the critically endangered Maui’s dolphins at the world’s largest conservation summit.
A motion, aimed at stopping the extinction of the world’s rarest dolphins and porpoises, including New Zealand’s Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins, was put forward at the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress in Korea last week.
Some 576 members, including governments and NGOs, voted for the motion.
New Zealand is the only country to vote against.
It was initially believed two countries opposed to the motion – but it has since been revealed that New Zealand had two votes.
The move was labelled as “shameful” and a “disgrace” by conservation groups and critics.
“The New Zealand government has acted shamefully and can no longer claim to be leaders in conservation,” WWF’s marine programme manager Rebecca Bird said.
“If we fail to act now, it will not be long before Maui’s [dolphins] disappear from our waters forever.”..”
(ed:..to be added to the list of pressing issues key/this govt has no interest in attending to..eh..?..)
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