The IWC fails to protect Humpbacks
“We have failed the Humpbacks,” said Mick McIntyre reporting from the meeting in Agadir, Morocco. “This should never have been allowed to happen,” he said
This request has been widely criticised as various reports have shown it does not meet the requirements set out by the IWC for Aboriginal subsistence hunting,
A recent NGO report outlined the commerciality of the hunt by tracking the whale meat through supermarkets in Greenland.
Under IWC rules whale meat caught under Aboriginal Subsistence quota can only be for local consumption
“It’s become clear this is a commercial hunt,” said McIntyre, After all their great work earlier in the meeting to defeat the chair’s compromise whaling package, the IWC needed to do more to save these Humpbacks.” He said
‘This sets a terrible precedent for the IWC’ he said
This is the first time since the commercial moratorium that the IWC has authorised the killing of Humpback whales.
The meeting concludes today,