ICELAND’S biggest whaling companies aren’t killing any whales this year – which is very good news for whales!
One of the biggest Icelandic whaling businesses, IP-Utgerd, has announced that it will stop whaling altogether, while the largest whaling company in the country, Hvalur hf., has stopped whaling operations for the second year in a row.
Conservationists hope that this means the end of whaling in the country, but they’re not certain it is.
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“This is indeed terrific news that for a second straight year, vulnerable fin whales will get a reprieve from Hvalur hf.’s harpoons, the sole fin whaling company,” said Fabienne McLellan, co-director of international relations at sea charity ‘Ocean Care’.
“Now is the time for Iceland to become an ethical whale watching, not whale killing nation.” said Rob Read, director of Sea Shepherd UK, a group that investigated the Hvalur whaling business.
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