TODAY (December 2) is the 70th anniversary of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW), signed in Washington DC in 1946 and entering into force on November 10, 1948. The International Whaling Commission (IWC) was set up to undertake the business of the Convention, from offices in Cambridge, UK
It is 29 years since I first went to the Faroe Islands to investigate the pilot whale hunt. We arrived in Fuglafjørður just as a pod of 54 had been killed. Even then, we were told that while people liked the pilot whale meat and blubber, they did not really need it.