An announcement has been made in Iceland declaring the end of the 2013 whaling season which began back in June. A total of 134 fin whales were killed in what was the first hunt of these endangered whales in two years, and despite a strongly worded statement by US President Obama back in 2011 warning of US action against Iceland if this cruel trade did not stop.
Iceland had set itself a quota of 184 fin whales that it could slaughter during this season, even though there is an international ban on commercial whaling and a declining market for the meat – much of which is frozen in vast stockpiles or eaten by curious tourists. Despite the huge numbers of whales killed, it has been difficult for Iceland’s main whaling company, Hvalur to export the meat to Japan.
A shipment destined for Japan was sent back to Iceland from Germany in July causing shipping company Samskip to announce that it will no longer have any part in the export of whale. Recently WDC also helped exposed the use of fin whale oil as fuel for Hvalur’s whaling vessels and that meat from these rare creatures was being fed to dogs in Japan.
The Icelandic minke whaling season also concluded earlier this month. 38 whales of the 216 quota were caught.
WDC will continue to fight to end these brutal hunts.
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