Rs 0.922.73 Convention Of September 24, 1931, For The Regulation Of The Whale Hunt

Original Language Title: RS 0.922.73 Convention du 24 septembre 1931 pour la réglementation de la chasse à la baleine

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0.922.73 original text for the regulation of the whale hunt agreement in Geneva on 24 September 1931, approved by the Federal Assembly on December 16, 1932, Ratification by the Switzerland February 16, 1933 entry into force for the Switzerland on January 16, 1935 his Majesty the King of Albanians. the President of the German Reich. the President of the United States of America; His Majesty the King of the Belgians; His Majesty the King of Great Britain and the Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the seas, Emperor of India; the President of the Republic of Colombia; His Majesty the King of Denmark and Iceland; the President of the Government of the Spanish Republic; the President of the Republic of Finland; the President of the French Republic; the President of the Hellenic Republic; His Majesty the King of Italy; the President of the United States of the Mexico; His Majesty the King of Norway; Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands; the President of the Republic of Poland; His Majesty the King of Romania; the Switzerland Federal Council; the President of the Czechoslovak Republic, the President of the Republic of Turkey; His Majesty the King of Yugoslavia have designated their Plenipotentiaries, know: (follow the names of the Plenipotentiaries) which, after communicating their full powers, found in good and due form, have agreed on the following provisions: art. 1. the High Contracting Parties agree to take appropriate measures within their respective jurisdictions, to ensure the application of the provisions of this convention and to punish violations of those provisions.

Art. 2. the present convention is applicable only to baleen whales.

Art. 3. this convention does not apply to the aborigines living along with the territories of the High Contracting Parties on the condition that: 1. they make only use of canoes, boats or other vessels exclusively indigenous and bare to the sail or oars; 2. They do not firearms; 3. They are not in the service of people Aboriginal; 4. They are not required to deliver to third parties the proceeds of their hunt.

Art. 4. it is forbidden to capture or kill the "right whales", which will be considered as comprising of Cape North, Greenland, the "right whale" the whale whale southern, the "right whale" Pacific and the "right whale" Southern Pygmy.

Art. 5. it is forbidden to capture or kill the calves or young whales not weaned, the whales no adults and female whales accompanied by calves (or unweaned young).

Art. 6. the carcasses of whales captured will be used as completely as possible. In particular: 1. the oil must be extracted by boiling or by any other means, of all white as well as the head and the language and, in addition, the tail until the external opening of the large intestine. The provisions of this paragraph are applicable only to carcasses or parts of carcasses not intended to be used as edible.
2. any factory, floating or not, used to treat the whale carcasses, must be equipped with the necessary tools to extract the oil of white, the flesh and the os.3. If whales are brought to shore, appropriate measures should be taken to use the residue after extraction of the oil.

Art. 7. the Gunners and crews of Whaling ships will have to be hired on terms that will, to a large extent, depend on their compensation of factors such as the size, the species, the value of the captured whales and the quantity of oil extracted, and not only in the number of captured whales, provided that this compensation depend on the results of the hunt.

Art. 8. no ship of the High Contracting Parties cannot engage the capture or processing of whales without a special license has been granted to this ship by the High Contracting Party which he wears the flag, or unless the owner or charterer has notified the Government of this High Contracting Party intends to use this ship for the whale hunting and he received Government proof of that notification.
This article does not affect the right of one any of High Contracting Parties to require, in addition, a license from its own authorities, for any ship wanting to use its territory or its territorial waters to capture, to bring down or treat whales. The issue of this licence may be either denied, be subject to the conditions that the High Contracting Party concerned considers necessary or expedient, regardless of the nationality of the ship.

Art. 9. the geographical area of application of the articles of the convention extend to all waters of the world, including both the high seas and territorial and national waters.

Art. 10-1. The High Contracting Parties will have to get the whaling ships carrying their flag as more information as possible from the biological point of view on each whale, captured, and in any case with regard to the following points: a) the capture Date; b) place of capture, c) species; d) sex; e) length, if the animal is removed from the water. (approximate if the whale is cut in the water; f) if there is a fetus, fetus length and his sex, if it can be determined; g) information on the content of the stomach, where possible.

2. the mentioned length to the by. ((e) and (f) of the present article will be that of the right linens since the end of the snout to the intersection of the flukes.

Art. 11. each of the High Contracting Parties will be addressed by all factories, floating or established on land, subject to its jurisdiction, surveys the number of whales from each species treated in each plants and quantities of each quality oil, powder, guano and other by-products from these whales.

Art. 12. each of the High Contracting Parties communicate statistical information relating to the operations, about the whales, which were held in the spring of their jurisdiction, to the international Bureau for whaling statistics in Oslo. The information provided should include at least the details referred to in art. 10 and: 1. the name and the tonnage of each floating plant; 2. the number and the total tonnage of ships whaling; 3. a list of Earth stations having functioned during the proposed period. This information will be provided at intervals appropriate not more than a year.

Art. 13. the obligation for one any of High Contracting Parties, to take measures to ensure compliance with the provisions of the convention in its territory and its territorial waters by its vessels will be limited to those of its territories to which the convention applies and the waters adjacent to ships registered in these territories.

Art. 14. the present convention, of which the french and English texts will also be faith, can be signed until thirty-one March 1932, on behalf of any member of the League of Nations or any non-Member State.

Art. 15. the convention will be ratified. The instruments of ratification shall be deposited with the Secretary-General of the League of Nations, which in will notify the filing to all members of the League of Nations and non-Member States, indicating the dates to which these deposits were made.

After the dissolution of the League of Nations, the Secretary-General of the United Nations was responsible for the functions mentioned here. See FF 1946 II 1181, 1187 and following.

Art. 16. based on the first April 1932, any member of the League of Nations and any non-Member State on behalf of which the convention has not been signed on this date may join.
The instruments of accession shall be deposited with the Secretary-General of the League of Nations, who will notify the deposit and the date of the latter to all members of the League of Nations and States not members.

See the note to the art. 15 art. 17 this convention into force ninety days after the Secretary-General of the League of Nations has received ratifications or accessions on behalf of at least eight members of the League of Nations or non-Member States. In this number to be included the Kingdom of Norway and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
With respect to each Member or non-Member States on whose behalf an instrument of ratification or accession will be filed at a later date, the agreement comes into force the ninetieth day after the date of the deposit of this instrument.

Art. 18. If, after the entry into force of this agreement and at the request of two members of the company, or two non-Member States, for which the present convention will be at that time in force, the Council of the League of Nations shall convene a conference for the revision of the convention, the High Contracting Parties undertake to be represented.

Art. 19-1. This agreement may be denounced on the expiry of a period of three years from the date on which it comes into force.

2. the denunciation of the agreement will be made by a written notification addressed to the Secretary general of the League of Nations, who will notify all members of society and States not members of each notification, as well as of the date of receipt.
3. the denunciation shall take effect six months after receipt of the notification.

See the note to the art. 15 art. 20-1. Each of the High Contracting Parties may declare, at the time of signature, ratification or accession, by its acceptance of this agreement, it does assume no obligation with respect to all or any part of its colonies, protectorates, overseas territories or territories under his suzerainty or mandate; in this case, this convention shall not apply to the territories subject to such a statement.
2. each of the High Contracting Parties may subsequently notify the Secretary-General of the League of Nations intends to make the convention applicable to the whole or any part of its territories that were the subject of the declaration provided for in the previous paragraph. In this case, the convention would apply to all the territories referred to in the notification ninety days after the receipt of this notification by the Secretary general of the League of Nations.
3. each of the High Contracting Parties may, at any time after the expiration of the period of three years provided for in art. 19, declare that it intends to end the application of the present convention to all or any part of its colonies, protectorates, overseas territories or territories under his suzerainty or mandate; in this case, the convention will cease to be applicable to the territories subject to such a statement six months after receipt of the statement by the Secretary-General of the League of Nations.
4. the Secretary-General of the League of Nations shall communicate to all members of the League of Nations and member declarations and notifications received under this section, as well as the dates of their receipt.

See the note to the art. 15 see note to art. 15 see note to art. 15 see note to art. 15 art. 21. the convention will be recorded by the Secretary general of the League of Nations as soon as it comes into force.
In faith whereof, the above-mentioned Plenipotentiaries have signed the present convention.
Done at Geneva, September twenty-four thousand nine hundred and thirty and one, in a single copy which will be preserved in the archives of the Secretariat of the League of Nations and whose certified copy shall be given to all members of society and to non-Member States.
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See the note to the art. 15 fields of application of the convention on 1 October 1998, States contractors Ratification or accession entry into force South Africa January 11, 1934 16 January 1935 Austria January 2, 1936 1 April 1936 Brazil 21 November 1932 January 16, 1935 Canada December 12, 1935 12 March 1936, Denmark (with Greenland) June 26, 1934 16 January 1935 Egypt January 25, 1933 January 16, 1935 Ecuador April 13, 1935 July 12, 1935 Spain August 2, 1933 January 16, 1935 United States

July 7, 1932 January 16, 1935 Finland 21 March 1936 19 June 1936 France may 16, 1935 14 August 1935 Great Britain and Northern Ireland 18 October 1934 16 January 1935 Bahama Barbados Bermuda Borneo Northern Cyprus Ceylon side of the gold Falkland Islands and dependencies Fiji Gambia Gibraltar Gilbert and Ellice Guyana British Honduras British Hong Kong Jamaica (with the Turks and Caicos and the Cayman Islands) Kenia Malay States federated and non Federated Malta Mauritius Nigeria Palestine St. Helena and Ascension Islands Solomon British Sarawak Seychelles Sierra Leone February 17, 1937 may 18, 1937 British Somalia, Straits Settlements Tanganyika Newfoundland Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Leeward Zanzibar islands Windward Islands 17 February 1937 may 18, 1937 Ireland April 9, 1938 July 8, 1938 Italy (with reserve *) June 12, 1933 January 16, 1935 Latvia 17 September 1935 16 December 1935 Mexico March 13, 1933 January 16, 1935 Monaco June 7, 1932 16 January 1935 Nicaragua April 30, 1932

16 January 1935 Norway 18 July 1932 January 16, 1935 New Zealand October 16, 1935 January 16, 1936, Netherlands (with Dutch, Surinam and Curaçao India) may 30, 1933 January 16, 1935 Poland September 27, 1933 January 16, 1935 Sudan April 13, 1932 16 January 1935 Switzerland February 16, 1933 January 16, 1935 Czechoslovakia 20 October 1933 16 January 1935 Turkey 28 may 1934 16 January 1935 Yugoslavia January 16, 1934 January 16, 1935 * see below.

Reserve Italy ratification is given under the reservation that the Italian Government's accession to the convention can in no way constitute a precedent for future agreements providing for a limitation of fishing in extraterritorial waters.

Also, RS 14 205 the English text is authentic.
RO 50 1389 State 11. July 2006

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