A new proposal announced last week by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) would allow the killing of a number of whales in the Antarctic Ocean off the coast of Chile and has Chilean environmental groups upset.
For 25 years, the IWC has held a moratorium on commercial hunting of whales. Now, the organization is considering a change in policy.
Since 1986, the IWC has maintained a freeze on commercial whaling. Iceland and Norway have legal objections to the moratorium and Japan continues to hunt whales, using a loophole that allows the killing of whales for “scientific purposes.