Commercial whaling

Whale escapes harpoon attack only to be slaughtered years later

Alaskan Inupiat hunters made an unexpected discovery after killing the first bowhead whale of their hunt season.

The 42 foot whale, who was brought onto the beach near Kaktovik, was found to have parts of an old explosive harpoon embedded in the tail area.

The fragments are thought to have come from the type of hunting weapon used decades ago by commercial hunters. According to local reports, the meat gave off a bad smell, especially around the tail section, and so would not be eaten.

Illegal sale of whale meat uncovered in Hong Kong

Fin whale

(image copyright Tim Stenton)


A food store chain in Hong Kong has been criticised for illegally selling tins of whale meat curry.

The cans, which reportedly contain meat from the critically endangered fin whale, were discovered on the shelves of the 759 grocery shop in Tuen Mun.

Tourists shocked by hunting vessel dragging dead whales into port

Graphic new photos have emmerged that demonstrate how whaling is threatening whale-watching.

The images of an Icelandic whaling vessel dragging dead endangered fin whales to shore for processing were released today by Timothy Baker, a US whale-watching tourist.

Hoping to see protected fin whales in their natural environment, Baker and others in his party were instead confronted by the grim spectacle of the Hvalur 8, owned by Icelandic multi-millionaire whaling kingpin Kristján Loftsson, towing dead whales back to port.

 

Norwegian whalers kill 182 minke whales

The bloody slaughter of minke whales continues off the coast of Norway, with Norwegian whalers taking their tally to 182 whales killed (compared to 285 this same time last year). There are now 16 vessels actively taking part in the hunt which began in April. According to reports 10 metric tons of whale meat was offloaded by one vessel at the dock in Steine in late May, with the ship’s skipper stating that they only saw male whales whilst out on the water, and that they were lean at this time of year.

Norwegian company fined for selling whale meat in Germany

One year after WDC exposed Norwegian whale meat illegally on sale at one of the world’s biggest food and agricultural fairs in Germany, the Berlin Public Prosecutor has ruled that Arne Roed, managing director of Ford Norge and Innovation Norway, the company responsible for the stand, must pay a fine of 1,000 EUR.

HB Grandi share profits bankroll Icelandic fin whaling

Multi-millionaire fin whaler, Kristjan Loftsson, just got richer. According to a recently-published annual report for the year to September 2013, his fin whaling company, Hvalur Ltd., made a good profit last year, with almost a billion ISK (986 million ISK, around £5.1 million) paid out in dividends to shareholders.

Thirty-five governments call on Iceland to stop whaling

A formal diplomatic protest, known as a démarche, was today delivered to the Icelandic Government in Reykjavik. 

The top-level protest registered countries’ “strong opposition” to Iceland’s continued whaling, particularly of endangered fin whales.

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