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Vote: Greenland Whaling Is Not All Subsistence

Volume LXI · No. 4 · Madeira, Portugal · Thursday June 25, 2009
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In ECO No. 2, we carried an article outlining the problems with Denmark’s request for increased subsistence quotas for whales in Greenland.

As much as half of Greenland’s whale meat is commercially prepared and sold in supermarkets for profit. Native subsistence needs proposed by the Greenland government are substantially higher than reality.

Clearly, Greenland has to go back and redo their entire proposal for humpback whales, to ensure that the “aboriginal subsistence” provisions of the IWC are complied with and not flaunted.

Environmental and animal welfare organizations urge commissioners to have Denmark withdraw its request and recalculate the subsistence needs of its people.