Renegade Whaling

As the 63rd annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission opens, this report exposes how Iceland is defying international treaties to hunt endangered fin whales in a bid to create a new consumer market in Japan.

Jointly produced by us and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, it identifies wealthy Icelandic businessman Kristján Loftsson and his firm Hvalur hf as the driving force behind the bloody trade.

With no significant domestic market in Iceland, the firm is exporting the meat and blubber to Japanese consumers via an import company Loftsson himself helped to establish.