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Norwegian Whaling Resumes in Arctic May 11, 2012
Norway whale slaughter
Minke whale being slaughtered at a Norwegian whaling facility.
Norway’s dwindling whaling fleet harpooned the first three whales of the season, which began on April 1 and allows 1,286 Minke whales to be slaughtered through Aug. 31.

Per Rolandsen, of the country’s Fishermen’s Sales Organization, said poor weather has hampered the hunt while shrinking demand for whale meat meant less than half of last year’s comparable quota was taken.

Rolandsen added that the Minke whale population is now large enough to justify the country’s limited catch.

Norway, along with Iceland and Japan, are the only countries to defy the 1986 international moratorium on commercial whaling.

Truls Gulowsen, the head of Greenpeace’s Norwegian branch, has denounced his country’s hunt of the marine mammals.

“Instead of trying to keep the industry alive ... it would be better advised to set about dismantling it,” he told Agence France Presse.

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