So as I write this it seems that the rogue US delegation is now trying to strong arm the UK, - blaming the UK for Greenland not getting its unsupportable humpback quota.
Well, well done UK and Germany is what I say, - and where does the US get off in trying such pressure? Both these countries have evaluated the available information supplied by Denmark and found it lacking, both scientifically and politically in its arguments for justifying an increase in the hunt.
Denmark has not been able to persuade the IWC of its case so its using the US to suggest taking the issue into another IWC intersessional meeting to discuss this one issue. It hopes that NGOs and other countries that oppose the quota will not be able to attend and it can slip through proposal through away from prying eyes.
And before any journalists say this shows the IWC is dysfunctional, what it actually shows is what the whalers strategy is.
Lets get an endorsement for a any form of coastal whaling that allows for commercialization. Of course this one is wrapped up in the trappings of ASW language and Sweden and others are pandering to such rhetoric. But of course if the USA and others can get this through then they can deliver Japan its coastal whaling; Heh, they may even be able to justify Iceland joining the EU as a whaler.
On behalf of the whales, thanks for nothing USA.