According to reports from Norway, the whale hunting season there has begun with the bloody slaughter of over 140 minke whales in just the first few days.
Eight boats have set out so far and have killed nearly three times the number of minke whales at this stage of the hunts compared with last year. The number of vessels that have requested permits to hunt has also risen to 17.
In March, Norway’s government announced that its whalers would be allowed to kill up to 1,278 whales this year (the same quota number as 2020). The minke whale hunts go ahead under an 'objection' to the global ban on commercial whaling, and whalers continue to carry out this slaughter despite falling demand for whale meat in the country.
During Norway’s 2020 season, over 500 whales were killed. The government also relaxed several whaling regulations so that more fishing vessels could join the hunt.