In a very backwards move, New Zealand has called for a compromise on whaling, saying a total ban is unrealistic and the only way to control whaling is to allow a limited number of kills. The announcement came from former Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer, who represents New Zealand on the International Whaling Commission.
The thing is, most non-whaling nations, conservationists and environmentalists, disagree. Well, except for the lately-disappointing President Obama—his administration is considering allowing some commercial whaling.
More than 2,000 whales are hunted annually by Japan, Iceland and Norway—many of them illegally, and legalizing the practice would only aggravate the problem. The BBC reports that Australia Environment Minister Peter Garrett said he was "alarmed and very concerned that New Zealand would support a proposal that is flawed and represents a huge compromise to pro-whaling nations."