The 2017 Norwegian whaling season has just ended, and 432 minke whales have been killed. While this is fewer than the 591 whales killed in 2016, and well below the quota of 999, far too many whales are still suffering a cruel and unnecessary death. To compound matters, many of the whales targeted by Norwegian whalers are pregnant females, something that cannot be justified from an animal welfare or conservation perspective.
For more information on Norwegian whaling, see the report Frozen in Time: How Modern Norway Clings to Its Whaling Past.
Norway is also sending increasing quantities of whale meat and blubber to Japan so as to keep its flagging industry alive. In fact, Norway has seen a continuous drop in domestic demand for whale meat for several years. In an effort to find uses for unwanted whale products, hundreds of tons of whale products have even been sent to manufacturers of animal feed for use in fur farms—thus using one form of animal cruelty in support of another.
Whaling is an inherently inhumane industry, with whales being killed by grenade-tipped harpoons from a moving vessel on a moving ocean. It is also an unnecessary industry, and yields almost no economic benefit. Given Norway's amazing vistas, and the variety of whales in its waters, whale watch tourism in Norway offers a far more financially and ecologically viable alternative.
What You Can Do:
Write to Kåre R. Aas, Norway's ambassador to the United States, to let him know that you are opposed to his country's continued killing of minke whales. Encourage him to support responsible whale watching instead. You can send a politely worded letter to the ambassador via AWI's Compassion Index by clicking here.
Please share our "Dear Humanitarian" eAlert with family, friends and co-workers, and encourage them to write a letter, too.
As always, thank you very much for your help!