Its reported on sermitsiaq.gl that Finn Karlsen (Greenland's Hunting and fishing minister) has urged Denmark's Foreign Minister to let Greenland leave the IWC over two months ago. The report goes onto say that Karlsen wrote to parliament's hunting and fishing committee Friday that he had asked the Danish foreign minister, Per Stig Møller, more than two months ago to pull Greenland out of the International Whaling Commission.
You will recall that during the IWC it was revealed that Greenland was not consuming all the whale meat that it had taken through aboriginal subsistence hunts, but in fact a significant amount was actually distributed through commercial distribution mechanisms. At the same time it was ignoring scientific advice about the killing of small cetaceans in Greenlandic waters, awarding quotas that are in no way sustainable. Stil Greenland wanted to kill more whales. Why? Not because it needs to, but because it wants to.
It would seem that the politics of Greenland's future as a separate entity to Denmark is being played out in the whaling debate. Not willing to abide by international rules, Greenland has decided that whilst it cannot convince the world through debate and science, it will simply go its own way and kill what it likes, when it likes. Its desperation to be seen as different to Denmark may mean a lot more whales will die.
Doesn't inspire confidence does it.