07 Jul '12, 12am

The International Whaling Commission: the Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly

In another vote, the Commission voted 34-25 to reject Denmark’s proposal for an increase in aboriginal subsistence whaling catch quotas for Greenland . The proposal would have allowed indigenous people in Greenland to hunt up to 1,326 whales between 2013 and 2018—including humpback, minke, fin and bowhead whales. After extensive debate on the floor, countries seemed most concerned with the fact that Greenland was requesting an increase in quota when some of that hunt is admittedly used for commercial – rather than subsistence – purposes. A recent study by the Animal Welfare Institute and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society found that 77 percent of restaurants in Greenland serve whale meat, much of which goes to tourists. The United States backed Greenland’s quota, rejecting concerns about the commerciality of the catch raised by many nongovernmental organizations an...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/tkiekow/the_internation...

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