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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

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No change in Norway as number of whales to be killed remains high

Norway’s Minister of Fisheries has announced today that the country has set itself the same number of whales that it will seek to kill in 2019 as were slaughtered in 2018. 

The quota level will be 1278 minke whales, a very high figure given the lack of demand for the meat in Norway. Some of the meat is also exported to Japan. 

On making the announcement the Minister, Harald T. Nesvik praised the whaling industry and stated that he didn’t think the whale meat trade with Japan will change just because of Japan leaving IWC– the body that regulates whale hunting.

‘I want to make sure that whaling remains alive,’ he said. ‘Whale meat tastes good and it is good for your health.’

In reality, falling consumer demand and higher fuel prices along with difficulty in finding the whales have all been cited as reasons for the industry’s continuing decline in Norway.  Also, scientific studies of whale meat in the past have shown high levels of mercury, dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (commonly known as PCBs) present, and experts have warned that consumption of whale meat by humans may result in health problems.

Find out more about whaling in Norway and support WDC’s efforts to end this cruel practice.