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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have killed at least two fin whales, the first...
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Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

A survey of Icelandic people has confirmed that the majority believe whaling damages Iceland's reputation. ...
A magnificent sei whale © Christopher Swann

Japan Begins Commercial Whaling Season

Sei whale © Christopher Swann Japanese whalers have left port to begin this year's annual...

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

University of Alaska Fairbanks Master's student, Dana Bloch, retrieves a CTD that is used to...

The BBC, whale hunting and Japan’s stubborn refusal to let go of a bloody ‘tradition’

Read and watch the BBC’s reporter in Asia, Rupert Wingfield- Hayes, as he goes to a Japanese market to buy whale meat, ‘tastes’ it, and gets the views and opinions of someone who ate it as a child but has now stopped.

WDC applauds this investigation; which gets to the heart of why Japan continues to whale.

Japan has a limited tradition of small type coastal whaling which can´t really be described as ‘part of Japanese culture’.

Iceland´s whaling history is actually quite brief.  Organised whaling operations didn´t start until the beginning of the 20th century. While Norway does have a longer tradition, the infamous commercial whaling operations mostly took part in the 19th and 20th century as well. These days, whaling doesn´t play an important part in the cultural lives of any of these countries and demand for whale meat continues to fall. 

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