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Luke McMillan

Luke is WDC's Head of hunting and captivity.

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Fin whales in the Gulf of California © Christopher Swann

A critical moment for the whales of Iceland

By Luke McMillan / 2nd May 2024

The fate of Iceland’s whales hangs in the balance. The last remaining whaling company in Iceland has applied for a ten-year hunting license. But there’s a glimmer of hope. The new fisheries minister, Bjarkey Olsen Gunnarsdóttir, has an opportunity to end the hunts once and for all. And we’re urging her to do the right thing.

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Iceland’s whale ally faces a political storm

By Luke McMillan / 19th January 2024

Last summer, Iceland’s Fisheries Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir took the bold decision to delay the start of the whaling season, saving the lives of around 120 endangered fin whales. Since then, she has been the ‘talk of the town’ in Iceland, but we’re concerned that events unfolding tomorrow will threaten the position of our important ally and the future of whales in Icelandic waters.

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Whaling ship Hvalur 8 arrives at the whaling station with two fin whales

A summer of hope and heartbreak for whales in Icelandic waters

By Luke McMillan / 5th October 2023

Now that the 2023 whaling season in Iceland has ended, it’s time to reflect on the whirlwind of events that unfolded for the fin whales in Icelandic waters. We have been at the forefront of efforts to end the slaughter, and this season was a rollercoaster of emotions, with moments of hope that an end to whaling was in sight, and heartache as 25 sentient beings fell victim to the harpoons.

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