Well Denmark has at least got an excuse. It's Government has to constantly put the interests of Greenland and the Faroe Islands before its own citizens it seems, but who is the main proponent of commercial whaling outside of Denmark in the EU?
It seems that Sweden has the whaling bug. Whenever the issue is discussed in the EU it's the Swedish Commissioner who is primary salesman for the whalers.
Like an addict that is desperate to see whales dying, the Swedish Commissioner is running a one man crusade within the EU to get commercial whaling back, whatever the cost it would seem.
I would ask the Swedish Government, as I take it that the Commissioner is acting under their direction of course, and not pursuing his own agenda, to look to the latest Scientific Whaling Permit issued on the 19th May for whaling in the north west Pacific to take 120 minke whales. the permit states, 'Revenues derived from the sales and deducted with necessary costs can be regarded as proceeds'. Those 'costs' are commercial profit to the whaler to the rest of us.
So, Sweden, where is Japan's good faith now?
But maybe Sweden is not that interested in the terms that Japan is insisting on, maybe the Swedish Commissioner is simply focused on getting commercial whaling back, whatever the cost - to the whales.
So thanks a lot Sweden. You now lead the ranks of 'European Whale Enemy No 1!'