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Norway whale hunting season suspended

June 26, 2009 |  2:56 pm


Norwegian whalers have suspended this year's hunt of minke whales, citing lack of product demand.

According to an Agence France-Presse article, industry officials state that the suspension is due to capacity problems at processing plants.

"The number of whales killed so far is enough to meet the known demand," Willy Godtliebsen, head of sales at the Norwegian Fishermen's Sales Organization said. "They may resume the hunt later if new buyers turn up."

The environmental group Greenpeace, however, claims that it is proof of a growing disinterest for whale meat among consumers and that the meat is being shunned.

Norway's whaling season, which defies an international ban on commercial whaling, begins in spring and usually runs until fall. With a quota of 885 minke whales, approximately 350 have been harpooned thus far.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Minke whale. Credit: Eric Martin / For The Times