Whaling

HB Grandi share profits bankroll Icelandic fin whaling

Multi-millionaire fin whaler, Kristjan Loftsson, just got richer. According to a recently-published annual report for the year to September 2013, his fin whaling company, Hvalur Ltd., made a good profit last year, with almost a billion ISK (986 million ISK, around £5.1 million) paid out in dividends to shareholders.

Big name supermarkets won’t touch HB Grandi seafood

WDC, working with NGOs including AWI (Animal Welfare Institute), EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency) and ProWildlife, approached major retailers and seafood suppliers in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, asking them to audit their supply chain for the presence of HB Grandi seafood and to state clearly whether they opposed commercial whaling.  

(April) Fool’s errand?

Ever the cynic, I say that it’s no coincidence that lone Icelandic fin whaler, Kristjan Loftsson, has thrown his stash out the window seconds before the US knocks at Iceland’s door. How else to explain this latest – and possibly most audacious - move from a man who specialises in dishing out audacious moves like Smarties at a childrens’ party?

Under the radar

It is shocking enough to hear that this year’s IWC meeting has given permission for Greenland to annually kill nearly 200 whales – including humpback and bowhead whales - for the next four years but there is another gruesome activity that doesn’t apparently require any international discussion, agreement or quota - the brutal killing of thousands of Greenland’s smaller whales and dolphins.

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