Protest Against Norwegian Whaling
Sweden and Finland have urged Nordic neighbor Norway to cut back on whaling this year, arguing that Oslo’s annual quota hikes could hurt chances to find a solution to the international dispute over whale hunting.
Norway is the only country in the world that allows commercial whaling, a practice it resumed in 1993, despite a 1986 international moratorium.
This year the Norwegian authorities have authorized its whalers to harpoon 1,052 minke whales, up from 796 in 2005. In a letter addressed to Norway’s fisheries minister, the environment ministers of Sweden and Finland say the quota increase is very regrettable, and they urge Norway to retract the decision.