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Arne Kalland Whale Politics and Green Legitimacy: A Critique of the Anti-Whaling Campaign

Since then, research has shown that stocks of minke whale can sustain controlled harvests both in the North Atlantic and in the Antarctic. At the same time, scientists from many countries have worked together in IWC’s Scientific Committee in order to develop a ‘revised management procedure’ (RMP), the most sophisticated ever devised for any marine exploitation. There is now consensus in the committee that the RMP can be implemented. Despite the progress made during the last decade, however, IWC is unwilling to adopt the RMP or to lift the moratorium, which prompted the chairman of the committee to resign in protest after the last IWC meeting in Kyoto in May 1993. After having pointed out how IWC had missed a unique opportunity to ‘put in place a mechanism for the safe management of

■ WHALE POLITICS AND GREEN LEGITIMACY: A CRITIQUE OF THE ANTI-WHALING CAMPAIGN, Anthropology Today, 9.6, December 1993, pp. 3-7

commercial whaling’, Dr Philip Hammond, of the Sea Mammal Research Unit at Cambridge, continues in his letter of resignation:

What is the point of having a Scientific Committee if its unanimous recommendations on matters of primary importance are treated with such contempt? . . .