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The International Whaling Convention and Legal Issues Related to Aboriginal Rights


The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has 89 members divided almost evenly between countries that condone whaling and those that favor whale conservation. This situation leads to contentious votes and accusations that decisions are not based on science but on politics, in particular, whether or not a country favors whaling. Members of Congress have introduced measures to advance U.S. policy within the Commission to respond to IWC actions. One area of contention is the right of aboriginal groups to hunt whales (sometimes referred to as indigenous whaling). Aboriginal subsistence whaling catch limits are set by the IWC for aboriginal peoples in four countries: the United States (bowhead and gray); Denmark (Greenland) (fin, minke, bowhead, and humpback); Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (humpback); and Russia (gray and bowhead). The International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (the Convention) has addressed aboriginal whaling since it was signed on December 2, 1946, by the United States and 14 other countries. The Convention limits how many bowhead or gray whales U.S. aboriginal groups may harvest by setting catch limits for five-year periods. The current period is from 2008 through 2012.


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The International Whaling Convention and Legal Issues Related to Aboriginal Rights  [Order No: R40571  Release Date: Jul 22,2013  Pages: 18]

The International Whaling Convention and Legal Issues Related to Aboriginal Rights  [Order No: R40571  Release Date: Jan 02,2013  Pages: 17]

The International Whaling Convention and Legal Issues Related to Aboriginal Rights  [Order No: R40571  Release Date: Jun 29,2012  Pages: 16]

The International Whaling Convention and Legal Issues Related to Aboriginal Rights  [Order No: R40571  Release Date: Sep 21,2011  Pages: 15]

The International Whaling Convention and Legal Issues Related to Aboriginal Rights  [Order No: R40571  Release Date: Jan 03,2011  Pages: 12]

The International Whaling Convention and Legal Issues Related to Aboriginal Rights  [Order No: R40571  Release Date: Jan 04,2010  Pages: 12]

The International Whaling Convention and Legal Issues Related to Aboriginal Rights  [Order No: R40571  Release Date: Jul 01,2009  Pages: 12]

The International Whaling Convention (IWC) and Legal Issues Related to Aboriginal Rights  [Order No: R40571  Release Date: May 11,2009  Pages: 12]