Commercial whaling

Shipping giant COSCO bans transport of whale and dolphin products

Worldwide shipping company, COSCO has announced that it will no longer transport whale meat or related products on its vessels.

The global container shipping giant also stated that it will not carry shark fin related products either and will adopt stricter monitoring and regulation to ensure this policy is carried out.  

COSCO has immediately ceased all bookings and shipments of dolphin, shark, and whale related products and said that it is 'committed to...protect the environment in order to fulfil its social responsibilities.' 

Restaurants continue to fuel illegal whale hunts in Korea

Police in South Korea are continuing to catch more and more poachers involved in illegal minke whale hunting that is being driven by the vast sums of money that the meat fetches, and demand from local restaurants. 

A single minke whale can sell for up to 60 million won (around £35,000), with ‘whale meat culture’ especially strong in the cities of Ulsan, Busan, and Pohang. Jangsanpo, the home of Korea’s famous Ulsan Whale Festival is home to 20 whale meat restaurants alone.

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.

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