Ninety percent of the minke whales hunted and killed each year in Norwegian waters are female and ” almost all” of them are pregnant, according to a documentary aired earlier this month on NRK, a government-owned public broadcasting company.
The documentary, Slaget om kvalen (“Battle of Agony”), shows grisly footage of Norway’s whaling industry, including one bloody scene where a fisherman cuts open a whale and removes its fetus.
The release of the documentary has sparked intense outcry from conservation groups in light of Norway’s long-standing objection to the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) 1986 ban on commercial whaling.
“Whale hunting is now even more unacceptable,” the head of Greenpeace Norway, Truls Gulowsen, told AFP.
“On the one hand because it’s in violation of an international ban but also because … it’s indefensible from the point of view of the animal’s well-being to hunt them during an advanced stage of gestation.
“The estimated present population of minke whales is more than one million.
Norway is the world’s top whaling nation, and has a quota to kill 999 minke whales during the 2017 hunting season, up from its quota of 880 whales in 2016.
What can you say about this sort of archaic behavior occurring in 2017? It’s very very sad.