Sunday 04 October 2009

Norway might be losing its taste for whale meat - and whaling

October should be the month when the annual Norwegian minke whale hunt concludes.Not so this year.

The 2009 hunt ended in June, with 350 minkes killed. That is only 40% of the 885 minkes allocated by the Norwegian Government.

The whaling industry itself called the early closure to the season because of reducing local demand for the meat. It is further understood that much of the previous season's catch remains in cold storage.

The whaling industry is subsidised by the government, which also funds media campaigns promoting whale meat consumption.

Meanwhile the whalewatching industry in Norway continues to grow, with many species of large and small cetaceans sighted regularly in local waters.


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