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A resolution adopted by the International Whaling Commission during a meeting in Slovenia established stricter criteria for hunting under scientific reasons. The decision went against Japan, Norway, Iceland and Russia, countries that allow this practice.

The text states that countries should give preference to 'non-lethal means' to achieve their scientific goals. At the meeting, Japan announced that it will not hunt whales in the Southern Ocean during the 2014-2015 season but stated it would continue to promote fishing cetaceans in its waters.

Another decision allowed Greenland to capture 200 whales per year. The quota was permitted in the name of survival of Aboriginal people living on the island. The move sparked protests from environmental groups.

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