Dominican Republic and Greenpeace decry resumed whale hunts
Santo Domingo.- The International Whaling Commission caved to pressure from Japan and the European Union to authorize the hunting of humpback whales, which are born in Dominican waters and visit Samana Bay each year, in a decision backed by 42 of the 53 countries that vote.
Dominican Republic and Greenpeace had led the opposition to the whale hunt, joined by 10 other countries.
“Unfortunate and insensitive” is how Environment minister Bautista Rojas Gomez described the decision, adopted during the 65th annual International Whaling Commission meeting, held in Portoroz, Slovenia.
The European Union and Japan agreed with Greenland’s position of allowing the hunting of humpbacks, which calve and mate every year in the warm waters in and around Samana Bay.
“For me it was disappointing to receive the information that just Dominican Republic and 10 other countries seek to put an end to the hunting of whales, in contrast with the 46 that favored the continuation of this practice,” Rojas said in a statement.
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