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Positive whaling news emerges from Iceland

Positive whaling news emerges from Iceland

News is emerging from Iceland that the company behind Iceland’s fin whale hunts, Hvalur hf, will not be venturing out to kill endangered fin whales this summer.  According to Icelandic press reports, Hvalur hf’s owner, Kristian Loftsson, has said the hunts will not take place due to tough market conditions in Japan. This will be the…

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WDC and other groups sceptical of whaler’s effort to distance Icelandic seafood company from fin whaling

The Don’t Buy From Icelandic Whalers campaign, an alliance of 14 conservation and animal protection groups including WDC, has reacted with dismay to the news that Icelandic whaling company, Hvalur will resume fin whaling and with skepticism to the news that Hvalur has abruptly sold its shares in seafood giant, HB Grandi to Brim, another major Icelandic seafood company, on…

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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. The démarche also objects to Iceland’s international trade in whale products, stating: “Fin whales and minke whales are listed under the Convention…

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Europe’s largest whale museum to open in August

The largest whale museum in Europe will open it’s doors to visitors in mid August. The museum is located in Reykjavík, Iceland and will house 23 life-size models as part of its main exhibition, representing all the different types of whales found off the shores of Iceland. Iceland’s whale watching tourism trade is growing and…

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