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# Whaling

Last month
August 2023
Whaling to resume in Iceland tomorrow after two-month hiatus
Annual quotas authorise the killing of 209 fin whales and 217 minke whales.
This year
Taoiseach wants to 'see an end' to whaling and will raise the issue with Icelandic PM
Iceland, Norway, and Japan are the only countries that still hunt whales commercially.
All time
Japan resumes commercial whaling despite extinction fears
The move has drawn widespread criticism.
Japan is going to start hunting whales for commercial purposes again
The International Whaling Commission, established in 1946 to conserve and manage the world’s whale and cetacean population, introduced a moratorium on commercial whaling in 1986.
Norway wants to kill more whales
The Scandinavian country has upped its quota to reverse a decline in whaling.
Japan is going to have one more go at proving its whale kills are scientific
The highest court of the UN ruled in March of last year that the research was a fig leaf for commercial hunting.
The battle against whaling is now in the Faroe Islands for their annual 'Dolphin Grind'
Many Faroese see the slaughter of the dolphins as a cultural right.
UN court tells Japan to leave the whales alone
Japanese Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi last year vowed Japan would never stop whaling.
Iceland resumes disputed fin whale hunt
Two Icelandic whaling ships were seen on their way to whaling areas, local media said.
Japan will not stop hunting whales, says minister
A Japanese minister said criticism of whaling is “a cultural attack, a kind of prejudice against Japanese culture”.
Japan intends to continue Antarctic whaling
The anti-whaling group Sea Shepard has thwarted Japan’s efforts to hunt whales already this year.
Whaling forum seeks to tackle alleged 'buying' of votes
The International Whaling Commission has opened its 63rd annual talks with Britain proposing measures to tackle alleged internal corruption and to encourage transparency.
Japan wants international action against anti-whaling group
Activists disrupted the Asian country’s annual whale hunt in the Antarctic.
Japan temporarily halts Antarctic whaling
Government fishing agency considering calling off this year’s whale cull completely, after pressure from anti-whaling demonstrators.