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Hunts to return in Iceland as bleak summer for whales looms

Hunts to return in Iceland as bleak summer for whales looms

After a long wait, the decision on whether fin whale hunts in Iceland can go ahead this summer has been made by the government there today, and it is devastating news for the whales. Following months of deliberation around considerable welfare issue that continue to plague the hunts, the Icelandic authorities have granted a one-year…

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We are partnering with Michelin to take whales off the menu

We are delighted to announce that we are now working with Michelin, one of the most influential players in the food industry, to stop the endorsement of restaurants that serve whale meat. Following meetings with two senior members of the Michelin team, we will now work in partnership on a plan that will benefit whales,…

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Government report shows whales continue to suffer in Icelandic hunts

The Icelandic government’s Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST – the country’s expert council on animal welfare) has finished its analysis of the 2023 fin whale hunts, which show a significant number of whales continue to suffer a prolonged and agonising death. The MAST report comes on the eve of the Icelandic government’s decision whether to…

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Japanese government adds fin whales to its kill list

Wild and free, as they should be. Japan is set to include fin whales on a list of whale species that can be commercially hunted. This move could impact on the future of the fin whaling industry in Iceland where lots of meat is exported from to Japan. The Japanese government announced its withdrawal from…

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Positive whaling news emerges from Iceland

News emerging from Iceland indicates 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 second…

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Permit delays could stop whale hunts in Iceland this summer

As whaling ships go out to hunt for another season in Norway, news from Iceland is more positive following an announcement from the CEO of the nation’s only whaling company that it is unlikely he will send boats out to kill whales this year. Kristján Loftsson, CEO of Hvalur hf., is quoted as saying that,…

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New Icelandic whaling licences should not be granted says WDC report

In anticipation of an application in coming weeks for new whale hunting licences by Hvalur hf (Iceland’s only whale hunting company), we have released a comprehensive report urging the Icelandic government to call a decisive halt to whaling activities.   The report, which has been delivered to Svandis Svavarsdóttir, Iceland’s Minister of Food, Agriculture, and…

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Brutal hunt leaves cruise line passengers distressed

Cruise ship docked in blood filled waters (Credit: Jackson McMuldren/CPWF) A cruise line company has issued an apology to passengers onboard one of it’s vessels after a brutal pilot whale hunt took place whilst the ship moored in the Faroe Islands. Those aboard the ship, Ambition, were left distressed as blooded filled the waters around…

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