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Whaling talks criticized for secrecy

Groups call for talks to be made public


The annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission, which just began in Morocco, is proving controversial as talks that could re-open commercial whaling have been closed to the public. Some say that whaling shouldn’t be allowed at all, while others believe that regulating the commercial whaling industry (Iceland, Japan and Norway set their own quotas and currently hunt whales despite a moratorium) could actually save more whales. Some observers noted that the recent UN talks on North Korea’s nuclear program were public, and questioned why whaling talks weren’t too, the BBC reports. Under the proposal, Japan’s annual quota for the Antarctic whale hunt would go down from 935 minke whales to 400, and then to 200 in 2015, but Japan says it’s too low. Environmental groups insist a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling must be upheld despite Iceland, Japan and Norway’s objections.

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Whaling talks criticized for secrecy

  1. So.. let me see if I have this straight. Japan, Iceland, and Norway, which currently ignore the legal limit of zero, will kill fewer whales if they have a higher legal limit.

    And in addition, their whaling under these legal limits which they haven't kept to previously will be so much less that it will make up for all the other countries which would start whaling at the higher new legal limits?

    This makes sense to who, exactly?

  2. Japan has also been hunting whales under the guise, For Scientific Research for years,and no one really knows for sure how many are going for research and how many are being processed on the mobile cannery ship they have.