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Norway’s government allows hunters to kill over 1200 whales this year

Cuts in government funds to hit Japanese whale hunt industry

Reports in Japan suggest the whaling industry there is facing increasing challenges just a few years after the country withdrew from the International Whaling Commission (IWC – the global body that regulates whaling) and resumed hunting whales for commercial profit. Previously, Japan had slaughtered whales under the guise of ‘research’, even though next to nothing…

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Trapped minke whale slaughtered in Japanese cove

A young minke whale trapped in nets off Taiji, Japan, since Christmas Eve, was killed early today by local fishermen. The whale’s carcass was then taken to shore to be butchered for sale in local meat markets. It was hoped that the local fishing cooperative would try to free the whale however, Ren Yabuki, director…

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Shareholder dispute could bring down Icelandic whaling company

The company behind fin whaling in Iceland, Hvalur hf. is being sued by three of its shareholders in a case that could force the company to dissolve. According to reports from Iceland, the three shareholder companies are demanding to redeem their shares in Hvalur hf. for ISK 1,563,000,000 (nearly £9m) plus interest. The shareholders have…

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No self-isolation for Norwegian whale hunters

Whilst the world adapts to self-isolation and the global issues around dealing with a pandemic, it seems that the coronavirus will not ground whalers in Norway. The Norwegian whaling season starts on Wednesday 1st April with a number of boats set to hunt and kill up to 1,278 minke whales. Last year, Norwegian whalers killed 429 minke whales, fewer…

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Stunning new whale watching venue to be built in Norway

New plans to open a huge, land-based whale watching attraction in Norway will promote the amazing opportunities see whales in Norway but could also help change the opinions of some Norwegians who still support whale hunting in the region.   The stunning looking building will sit right on the shore around 300km north of the…

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