Posts Tagged ‘Greenland’
How your restaurant order can save whales!
We are fortunate to have A-level student, Xavier Tobin, working with us as a volunteer with the Stop Whaling team. Here, Xavier introduces some new resources which ask visitors to whaling regions not to be tempted to eat whale meat or purchase whale products during their stay. I am currently working with WDC (Whale and…Read More
Day Two of IWC 2016
This is meant as a brief update on progress and hurdles this morning at IWC66 in Slovenia. We shall update when we get another gap between sessions. IWC66/09 South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary The day started badly for the whales when the Schedule Amendment that would have established the South Atlantic Sanctuary (#SAWS) was defeated with…Read More
Denmark: Wanting their whale and eating it
So Denmark has submitted its opening statement to the IWC and I guess the question is, have they learned their lesson since the last meeting? One reading of the statement would suggest that Denmark wants to ‘have their cake’, and, as the old saying goes, quite literally, ‘eat it’. I asked in a previous post…Read More
A Kingdom divided
It seems that whilst Denmark has been doing its utmost within the EU to pander to its overseas territories in Greenland and the Faroe Islands, the Danish citizens of these two distant lands are not so grateful. The Arctic Journal (20th October 2016) reports that Greenland and the Faroes are demanding that Denmark, their representative…Read More
Greenland, the EU, and who owns the North Pole?
I used to think Father Christmas had the only real claim on the North Pole, but now it seems several countries want to usurp the old gentleman of his home. Over the last few years WDC has been campaigning on the issue of Greenlandic whaling abuses. Regular readers will know that we have kept this…Read More
Under the radar
It is shocking enough to hear that this year’s IWC meeting has given permission for Greenland to annually kill nearly 200 whales – including humpback and bowhead whales – for the next four years but there is another gruesome activity that doesn’t apparently require any international discussion, agreement or quota – the brutal killing of…Read More
A day of highs and lows for whales: round-up of final day of the IWC meeting in Slovenia
The day began with the Distinguished Commissioner for Australia reporting on the Finance and Administration Committee, noting that Japan has offered to Chair the ‘Working Group on Support for New Countries’. There is some laughter in the margins, as many people believe Japan has already been running its own ‘Recruitment Working Group’. There is some debate…Read More
Greenland and the IWC – what comes next?
The issue of whaling in Greenland is, of course, an emotive one. For those that do not wish to see any whales killed, they find it hard to understand why anyone would or could kill a whale in any circumstance. For the indigenous hunter in Greenland whose parents and grandparents have hunted whales for millennia,…Read More
NGOs denounce the European Union for promoting the killing of whales
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…Read More
Has The Netherlands broken ranks to criticise Greenlandic whaling?
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…Read More