28 Jul '14, 8pm

US asked Iceland stop hunting endangered fin whales! #StopIcelandicWhaling

Thanks so much for your comments. I'd like to clarify a few points. Yes, Alaska Eskimos hunt bowhead whales for subsistence purposes in the United States. But there are several important distinctions between the hunt of bowhead whales in Alaska and the hunt of fin (and minke) whales in Iceland. First, subsistence hunting like the hunt conducted in Alaska is allowed under international treaty (the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling). Commercial whaling like the hunt in Iceland has been banned since 1986. Second, the United States has received the proper authorization from the International Whaling Commission to lawfully conduct the hunt in Alaska. Not only does Iceland’s self-allocated commercial whaling quota violate the ICRW, it is also three times higher than what the IWC’s Scientific Committee (the world’s foremost experts on whales) considers sustai...

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