International Whaling Summit Ends in Disarray
The International Whaling Commission's yearly conference held in Madeira, Portugal ended a day early and in disarray.
International talks on the future of whaling ended in shambles last night, with no deal between pro- and anti-whaling nations, and the outgoing whaling commission chairman suggesting more whales could be saved if the ban on commercial whaling was lifted.
The International Whaling Commission (IWC)'s yearly conference ended in Madeira, Portugal, a day ahead of schedule with no agreement reached on any of the issues on the table. Instead participants agreed to continue discussions for another year.
Japan and Iceland have been front and centre in the news over their harvesting of the large sea mammals, but other countries participate in whale hunting as well. This year Norway had a quota of 855 Minke whales but stopped short of killing that many. Denmark has applied to kill 50 humpback whales off their territory -- Greenland for a total of 245 whales to be killed on behalf of its indigenous people. With the number of whales killed by Iceland this year, it appears that Europeans are set to kill about 1 500 whales compared to Japan's approximately 1 000.
Whales and other sea mammals are increasingly running into problems as they interact with people on the seas.