13 Mar '17, 5pm

90% of Minke Whales Killed in Norway Are Female and 'Almost All' Pregnant

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...

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