Eleven pregnant fin whales hunted this summer in Iceland

by Newsroom 2018-08-24 09:17:30

Whale hunters working for Hvalur hf. have hunted eleven pregnant fin whales this summer. This was confirmed by director of the company, Kristján Loftsson, cited by Iceland Monitor.

The fin whale is on the list of endangered species and, next to the blue whale, is the second largest mammal in the world. According to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), it has an unfavourable conservation status or would benefit significantly from international co-operation organised by tailored agreements.

Dead whale in Faroe Islands | Photo - Christian D. Kejser Birkedal / IndieFrame

According to section 2 of Icelandic whale hunting laws, it's forbidden to hunt whale calves, or female whales that are accompanied by calves. However it is not forbidden to hunt pregnant whales because there is no way of knowing beforehand whether they are pregnant or not.

Animal rights association Hard to Port released Wednesday, 22.08.2018, images of a dead fin whale foetus being dragged away "to the trash" after its mother was harpooned and killed by hunters.

According to director of the Icelandic fishing company, Kristján Loftsson, 11 more cases of pregnant fin whales hunted near Hvalfjörður - Iceland have been registered this summer. The director says that it is impossible to establish if a whale is pregnant or not before hunting it. 

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