08 May '12, 8pm

A Win for the Whales: Iceland Stops Fin Whaling #whales #iceland #whaling #endangeredspecies

Endangered fin whales may once again be spared from Iceland’s harpoons. According to media reports , Iceland will suspend its fin whale hunt in 2012. Fin whales are the world’s second largest animal and are listed as an endangered species . This is the second year in a row fin whales have avoided slaughter in Iceland. In 2011, Iceland postponed its fin whale season citing a lack of demand for fin whale meat in Japan after the tsunami. This year, media reports indicate that fin whaling giant Kristjan Loftsson – the man responsible for all of Iceland’s fin whaling – failed to reach collective agreement with the Association of Icelandic Fishermen on salaries and conditions for deckhands. Although fin whales face a welcome reprieve this year, Iceland has killed 280 endangered fin whales and hundreds of minke whales since it resumed whaling in 2006 in violation of the moratoriu...

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