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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