Ever the cynic, I say that it’s no coincidence that lone Icelandic fin whaler, Kristjan Loftsson, has thrown his stash out the window seconds before the US knocks at Iceland’s door. How else to explain this latest – and possibly most audacious - move from a man who specialises in dishing out audacious moves like Smarties at a childrens’ party?
The IWC has today passed a resolution that seeks to control scientific whaling. The full text is below.
After much efforts at reaching consensus, New Zealand had to press ahead and return to its earlier draft as below
So what did yesterday’s closed-door session reveal? From the opening session it’s hard to tell.
EU countries undermine the global ban on commercial whaling
On the opening day of the 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC ) in Slovenia, 15 civil society organizations, including Whale and Dolphin Conservation have denounced member countries of the European Union for effectively sentencing humpback whales to death through the promotion of commercial whale hunts.
A formal diplomatic protest, known as a démarche, was today delivered to the Icelandic Government in Reykjavik.
The top-level protest registered countries’ “strong opposition” to Iceland’s continued whaling, particularly of endangered fin whales.
So the EU Commission is extending itself to support Greenland's demands for overturning the IWC 's accepted criteria for aboriginal subsistence whaling (ASW), but what is Greenland and the Faroe Islands, Denmark's two North Atlantic overseas territories doing to help the EU Commission? Well, nothing it would seem.
The EU Commission has been working hard to keep all EU members aligned with its instructions that they must support Denmark and Greenland and to date, has suffered no criticism without retalitory private hand slaps being handed out to wayward countries that didn't swallow the Greenland pitch that it should be able to sell to tourists and so, by default, commercialise its hunt.