International Whaling Commission says requested quota increase aimed at boosting sales of whale meat in tourist restaurants, not at providing sustenance for indigenous peoples
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — While the U.S. government arrived at the 64th meeting of the International Whaling Commission announcing an unrelenting commitment to conserve whale populations, animal welfare activists criticized an early vote by the U.S. in favor of increasing Greenland’s quota of whales in the next few years.
At issue is the debate over subsistence whaling, which is seen as critical to sustaining traditional culture among indigenous populations in the Arctic region.
Despite the U.S. vote, the commission rejected the Greenland plan with a large coalition of countries including all EU members (except Denmark) and all Latin American countries voting against the increase. (more…)