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Sweden asks Iceland to Reconsider Whaling Quota

Published onsdag 18 februari 2009 kl 10.18

Sweden is one of seven countries to write to the new left wing interim government in Iceland and urge it to reconsider an earlier decision to increase its whaling quota sixfold.

The previous government in Iceland, in one of its final moves, announced the whale quota increase in January, up from nine fin whales and 40 minke per year.

The new government has said it would reconsider the quota.

The letter, signed by Sweden, France, the United States, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany and Britain.

”We are writing to you today to express our governments’ extreme disappointment in the decision of your predecessor to issue a quota for 150 fin and 100 minke whales to be harvested in Icelandic waters.”

”We applaud your interest in re-evaluating this decision,” they said in the letter dated February 12, adding: ”We call on Iceland to reconsider this decision.”

Iceland and Norway are the only two countries in the world that allow commercial whaling. Japan hunts for Whales, but for Scientific purposes.

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