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Norway To Increase Minke Whale Quota By 45% In 2010
By Matt J. Weiss, December 9, 2009 @ 11:40 AM (EST)
Source: Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) recently brought a shocking announcement to my attention - that the 2010 quota for minke whales will be 1286, up 45% from last years 885.

The rest of the world's reaction- why?

The announcement truly shocked conservationist and, I imagine, anyone capable of rational thinking.   Last year the hunt was put on hold because there was no demand for whale meat and only 484 of the 885 whales were caught.

Chris Butler-Stroud, CEO of WDCS, said. “Such a huge quota defies both logic and any pretence of claims of sound management.  Norwegian whalers haven’t taken their full quota in years, as demand for whale meat has dropped and no one is buying. This is nothing more than the empty rattling of harpoons, and it is clear these quotas are being set more for political show than anything else.”

Japan is on the way to the Antarctic to hunt whales in the "name of science", Iceland continues to export ridiculous amounts of whale meat and now Norway decides to increase the whale quota despite there practically being no demand for whale meat. Makes you really think, huh?



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