Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has posted video of brutal traditional whaling, probably in the Faroe Islands, and ties this to Norway.
The reactions of the right-wing president have been harsh since last week it became clear that Norway is withholding support for the preservation of the Amazon.
“See the killing of whales that Norway sponsors,” he writes in the Twitter message posted on Monday night.
The video shows whales being killed after being chased on to the beach. According to Dagbladet, the video probably originates from the Faroe Islands, where there is a 700-year-old tradition of traditional whaling called grind kill.
Norway believes that Brazil has breached the agreement with Nore on support for measures against deforestation, and on Thursday climate minister Ola Elvestuen made it clear that Norway will withhold 300 million NOK.
Since Bolsonaro came to power at the turn of the year, he has, among other things, closed down the board of the Amazon Fund and the technical committee that makes applications for deforestation and thus how much money Norway will pay.
The Brazilian president has already made several sharp comments after Norway’s decision was announced.
“Norway, isn’t that the country that kills whales at the North Pole? Who mines for oil there? They have nothing to teach us,” Bolsonaro told Brazilian media.
The Norwegian-Brazilian cooperation on the preservation of the Amazon has been going on for over ten years. Deforestation in rainforest areas leads to large emissions of greenhouse gases as well as loss of animal and plant species.
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