IWC

Legalize Whaling (a Little), Some Conservationists Say

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 26, 2008   View Article

Could a little legalized commercial whale hunting actually help save the animals? That’s one idea floating around this year’s meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Santiago, Chile.

The still unofficial proposal involves backing off a 22-year-old moratorium that bans all but a small amount of whaling for scientific and sustenance purposes.

Iceland Breaks Whale-Hunt Ban, Kills Fin Whale

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 23, 2006   View Article

Icelandic whalers killed an endangered fin whale Saturday, breaking a 20-year moratorium on commercial whaling in the Scandinavian country.

Television images Sunday showed a 65-foot-long (20-meter-long) fin whale being towed into an Icelandic harbor. The whale was harpooned in the North Atlantic about 200 miles (320 kilometers) west of the country.

Majority Votes to Legalize Whaling

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 19, 2006   View Article

A slim majority of nations on the International Whaling Commission voted Sunday in support of legalizing commercial whaling.

The vote—33 for and 32 against, with one abstention—fell short of the three-quarters majority needed to overturn the 20-year ban on commercial whaling.

Pro-Whaling Countries Poised to Take Over Commission

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 16, 2006   View Article

Pro-whaling nations may take control of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) this weekend for the first time since commercial whale hunting was banned 20 years ago.

Delegates from the 70-nation commission are gathering on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts for the IWC’s annual meeting, which runs today through June 20.

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