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Emergency Petition Seeks to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Vessel Strikes

For Immediate Release, November 1, 2022 WASHINGTON-Conservation groups filed an emergency rulemaking petition with the...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...

Nearly 500 whales die in New Zealand

The number of pilot whales that have died following a mass stranding in New Zealand...

200 pilot whales killed in latest Faroese slaughter

More than 200 pilot whales have been slaughtered in Sandagerði (Torshavn) in the Faroe Islands....

Faroese Prime Minister claims whale hunt is regulated

The Faroese Prime Minister, Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen, has claimed that whaling in the islands is “sustainable and fully-regulated” in a statement issued in response to recent criticism of the continued hunting of pilot whales. He goes on to say that the hunt is a natural part of Faroes life that has being going on for hundreds of years, providing meat and blubber to supplement the diet.

In a recent hunt on June 6th, an estimated 150 whales were killed. As well as pilot whales, atlantic white-sided, Risso’s and bottlenose dolphins are also hunted along with stranded northern bottlenose whales. Total numbers killed varies from year to year; in 2013 over 1100 pilot whales and 430 white-sided dolphins died.

Mr Johannesen went on to ask Faroese to respect the right of visitors to lawfully protest against the hunts stating that “…freedom of expression and the right to peaceful protest, which are fundamental parts of any democracy.”

WDC notes that the Prime Minister’s statement fails to make any mention of the ongoing concerns about the health implications of eating whale meat in the islands, which is known to carry high levels of mercury and persistent organic compounds. Long-term independent studies have shown children of mothers who eat whale meat can suffer neurological, cardiovascular and other developmental problems. In 2012, in a report by the Director of the Farose Department of Occupational Medicine and Public Health, it was recommended that pilot whale meat should no longer be consumed on health grounds.

More on whale and dolphin hunts in the Faroe Islands