Earlier this year failed in its attempt to bypass a global ban on commercial whaling, when a japanese proposal to allow whaling was voted down.
Japan stopped all commercial whaling in the 1980s, in line with the IWC's moratorium (temporary stop), but have used a loophole in the rules that allows hunting in the ”scientific” purpose. Critics argue that it is used as a cover for commercial hunting. Japan has long also maintained that most whale species are not endangered and that it is a part of japanese food culture to eat options.
in order to maintain the number of whales and allow for the development of valindustrin. 1982 decided the IWC all commercial whaling would be stopped temporarily. This prohibition applies even today, but some of the member states opposes the moratorium, including Iceland and Norway that still conducts commercial whaling.
From the beginning, was medparten of IWC-members countries engaged in whaling, but membership is open. Sweden has been in the IWC since 1979.