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Iceland Whalers Announce They Won’t Hunt Again This Year

Iceland Whalers Announce They Won’t Hunt Again This Year

For the second year running, Iceland’s notorious whaling industry will opt-out, this year blaming coronavirus social distancing restrictions that would make processing the meat impossible, as well as reduced demand for whale meat in Japan. 

Why This Matters:  Given that this is the second year of the cessation of whaling, it might just be doomed.  Whale watching is much more popular and economically important to Iceland than hunting, and the two activities are fundamentally inconsistent.

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Japan Resumes Commercial Whaling, Joins Iceland and Norway

Japan Resumes Commercial Whaling, Joins Iceland and Norway

According to the Associated Press, Japanese whaling vessels returned to port with two minke whales last week — this is the first time Japan’s ships conducted a commercial hunt since an international moratorium on commercial whaling went into effect in the 1980s, joining the Norway and Iceland in defying the global ban on selling whale meat. Japan had announced recently that they are leaving the International Whaling Commission, and will be resuming commercial whaling, but ending “research whaling,” which was always believed by international whale conservation organizations to be a ruse.  

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Whales Face Triple Threats: Plastic, Ship Strikes and Hunting

Whales Face Triple Threats: Plastic, Ship Strikes and Hunting

Whales around the globe face numerous threats as has become apparent in recent weeks.  Just this past weekend a young Cuvier’s beaked whale that was weak and vomiting blood washed up on the shore in Mabini, Philippines and eventually died.  When the government performed a necropsy yesterday, it found a gruesome sight — 88 pounds of plastic in the whale’s stomach. 

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