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Japan begins commercial whaling season

Japan begins commercial whaling season

Japanese whalers have left port to begin this year’s annual hunt for whales and could kill up to 150 Bryde’s whales and 25 sei whales by the time the season finishes in mid-November. This year’s hunt is scheduled to begin on 13th of June with the whaling ship Yushin Maru No.3 and its mother ship…

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Icelandic tourist board backs end to whaling

The man behind Iceland’s only fin whale hunting company has hit back at recent announcements from within the country that whaling could be ending for good, by hinting that he would like his whaling boats to go out again this summer. Kristján Loftsson, CEO of Hvalur hf. has announced to Icelandic media that he expects…

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Norway’s whale meat industry has gone to the dogs

Days after the Norwegian whaling industry announced that 575 minke whales were slaughtered this season (the most in five years) shocking new documents reveal that dwindling domestic demand for the meat means it is sold for dog food or dumped into the sea. In August, Hopen Fisk, a company based in the northern Lofoten region,…

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Over 570 whales killed during 2021 hunts in Norway

The highest number of whales killed in Norway since 2016 has been announced just as WDC and partners have released the findings of a new poll showing that most Norwegians don’t want to eat whale meat, and have serious welfare concerns with the hunt. Despite low demand for whale meat Norwegian whalers killed the highest…

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Will whale poo help save whales?

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) was founded to regulate whale hunting. But the release today of a new IWC workshop report represents a significant potential shift in its focus, from the slaughter of these magnificent creatures to the important value of live whales for the health of our shared planet. The report confirms the great…

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