Yesterday, the IWC voted down Greenland’s latest attempt to increase their so-called aboriginal subsistence quotas, much of which winds up for sale in stores and high-end tourist restaurants. Only 25 delegations voted for the proposal, with 34 against and 3 abstentions.
The US continued to baffle observers by voting for the quota and defending Greenland’s “need” for more and more whale meat. Japan’s puppet nations also supported the quota.
The big question now: Will Greenland follow the US example and ignore the vote against their quota increase and unilaterally issue new quotas for killing whales? Or maybe they will join Japan and Korea in issuing scientific permits?