Norway raises limit on number of whales hunters can slaughter
The country has increased its annual quota to 1,278 – up 28% – despite whalers killing just 432 last year, less than half the 999 allowed. The move is a bid to revive an industry that has failed to meet Oslo’s quotas for years and has seen the number of whaling boats reduced from 350 to just 11 in the past 70 years. “I hope quota ratios and pooling of catchment areas will provide a good starting point for a good fishing season for the whaling industry”, said Per Sandberg, Norway’s Minister of Fisheries. Norway and Iceland are the only countries in the world to publicly allow whaling. Japan also kills the giant mammals, but officially does so for scientific research despite much of the meat being sold for food.
- Independent -