Norway killing whales to feed animals on fur farms

Norway killing whales to feed animals on fur farms

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Animal welfare nightmare – with no demand for the meat, the Norwegian government has a horrific and perverse way of maintaining its cruel and unnecessary hunts

As the Norwegian industry prepares for the start of the 2019 whaling season, it is time to yet again scrutinize operations that are widely and strongly condemned on animal welfare as well as ecological grounds.

With no domestic market for the meat ’s government subsidized hunting of is now mainly for use as animal food in Norway and for export to Japan.

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) previously released documents that indicates Norwegian have used minke whale meat to feed animals raised for the country’s fur industry.

In 2014, more than 113 tonnes of whale meat (equivalent to the amount of marketable meat from 75 minke whales) was delivered to Rogaland Pelsdyrfôrlaget, the largest manufacturer of animal feed for the Norwegian fur industry.

The organisations are calling for an end to Norwegian whaling. Up to 880 minke whales will be slaughtered this year, despite the declining demand for whale meat in Norway. In the past, unwanted whale meat and blubber have been used by the Norwegian pet food industry, dumped overboard or burned.

“Whaling is inherently cruel and has no place in a civilized society,” said Susan Millward, executive director of AWI. “ these sentient and magnificent animals to feed suffering animals on fur farms underscores why the world opposes whaling and clearly demonstrates that Norwegians have no legitimate need for whale meat.”

Norway’s whale hunt, which is heavily supported by the Norwegian Government, is conducted under an objection to the 1982 International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium on commercial whaling.

The 2016 self-allocated quota – expected to be in the vicinity of 880 whales (down from the 2015 quota of 1,286) – was set by the Norwegian Government using a formula that IWC scientists deemed “insufficient” in terms of its conservation performance.

It ignores a 2001 IWC resolution that called on Norway to cease all whaling and trade in whale products.

Since 2012, Norway has killed more whales per year than any other nation, and for the past two years has killed more whales than Iceland and Japan combined. It has also increased exports of whale products in defiance of an international ban on such trade – shipping 172 tonnes of meat and blubber to Japan since 2014.

Additional documents obtained show that inspectors from Japan’s scientific whaling company, Kyodo Senpaku, have accompanied a number of Norwegian whaling trips –presumably in an effort to alleviate concerns regarding contaminated Norwegian whale meat entering Japan.

“Whaling in Norway violates the internationally approved commercial whaling moratorium and continues despite a drastic decline in demand for whale products in Norway,” stated Jennifer Lonsdale, director of EIA.

“The escalating quantity of whale products exported from Norway to Japan and use of whales to feed the equally cruel and controversial fur industry are unacceptable. It is time for Norway to end commercial whaling.”

In 2015, Norway exported 258 and 1,000 tonnes of fox and mink skins, respectively, to the European Union, with the majority imported by Denmark and Finland.

EIA and AWI join the Swiss-based organisation OceanCare and the German organisation Pro Wildife in urging IWC member countries to take action against Norway for its escalating whaling and trade.

This article was first published by Ecohustler on 28 January 2019. Lead Image Source: A Minke Whale by Juergen Freund.


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