Greenland has decided to self-allocate a whaling quota for 2013, in violation of the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) treaty. The IWC has banned commercial whaling since 1986, except for indigenous groups to hunt large whales for their nutritional subsistence and cultural use. Hunting whales for the tourist trade, which is where some of the whale meat is found, and for other non-indigenous purposes places whale populations in jeopardy.
Please write to Greenland’s minister for Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture urging his country to reconsider its decision to self-allocate a whaling quota for 2013, in violation of the International Whaling Commission’s treaty. Such an action would go far in demonstrating Greenland’s commitment to and stewardship of the oceans.
Ane Hansen, Minister
Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture
P.O. Box 269
Tele. No.: (+299) 34 50 00
Fax: (+299) 34 63 55