Conservation and animal protection organisations are horrified at the slaughter of an endangered fin whale by Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf in defiance of the international ban on commercial whaling. The hunt, Iceland’s first in three years, marks the start of a whaling season that could see as many as 239 killed
Members of the “Don’t Buy from Icelandic Whalers” coalition have affirmed that their campaign will continue until Iceland permanently ends commercial whaling and international trading of whale products, despite recent news that Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf is suspending its summer hunt of endangered fin whales
Iceland’s rogue whaling kingpin Kristján Loftsson has announced the cancellation of yet another season hunting endangered fin whales this summer. The second season he has scrapped, citing ongoing difficulties with Japanese customs on imports of his whale products and also the strong krona.
Conservation and animal protection organisations confirmed more than 1500 tonnes of products from endangered Icelandic fin whales were shipped to Japan in July 2016 The discovery comes as Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) considers removing key protection for whales