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New Icelandic whaling licences should not be granted says WDC report

New Icelandic whaling licences should not be granted says WDC report

In anticipation of an application in coming weeks for new whale hunting licences by Hvalur hf (Iceland’s only whale hunting company), we have released a comprehensive report urging the Icelandic government to call a decisive halt to whaling activities.   The report, which has been delivered to Svandis Svavarsdóttir, Iceland’s Minister of Food, Agriculture, and…

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Permit dispute delays start of hunt season in Iceland

The shortened hunts season ended with a final total of 23 whales killed, 1 unborn calf killed and 1 whale lost. This year’s whale hunt season in Iceland could be delayed by several weeks after a permit required by the company behind the hunts to kill hundreds of whales ran out, and a new permit…

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148 more fin whales killed in waters around Iceland

The Icelandic fin whaling season has now ended with a final, grim tally of 148 whales slaughtered since June. These hunts were the first in Icelandic waters for four years when, in 2018, 146 fin whales were killed, including at least two rare blue whale/fin whale hybrids and a dozen pregnant females. Since 2006, the company responsible…

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Whales left to die in agony as grenade harpoons fail to explode

Evidence has emerged of grenade-tipped harpoons failing to explode when fired into fin whales by Icelandic whalers in recent hunts.   Graphic images of hunts in the last few days days show fin whales being dragged ashore with the unexploded grenade harpoons still embedded in their flesh. Together with our conservation partner in Iceland, Hard To…

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