Norway has once more been criticised for whaling.There are now only three countries, including Norway, where there are still whalers. International environmental organizations are now once more criticising Norwegian whaling. – Outside pressure won’t make us change our minds, the Ministry of Trade says.
The criticism, which has been cited in magazines and newspapers including Time Magazine, is made in a report by three international animal organizations, the newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad writes.
– The international community must respond to Norway’s systematic attempt to undermine regulatory provisions and to better market conditions for Norwegian whalers. Whaling is an anachronism In one of the richest and most modern countries in the world, biologist Sandra Altherr in ProWildlife says.
Norway has slaughtered nearly 12,000 minke whales since 1993, the report said. In the two previous years it has slaughtered more than Iceland and Japan combined.
Will not end Norwegian whaling
Undersecretary Ronny Berg in the Trade and Fisheries Ministry dismiss the criticism.
– In Norway the whalers are “harvesting” a large minke whale population. Population Estimates from 2013 show that there are more than 100,000 minke whales in the areas where Norwegian whalers. This year’s quota is 880 animals, says Berg, who denies that pressure from other countries could end the Norwegian whaling.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today