ICELAND TO KILL FIN WHALE FOR DOG SNACKS
Jonathan Leake / TST
ICELAND is to resume commercial whaling next month, killing up to 184 endangered fin whales over the coming summer partly to supply a burgeoning Japanese market in luxury dog snacks.
Kristjan Loftsson, the millionaire entrepreneur who owns two whaling vessels dating back to the 1950s, said they would head out to sea again next month after a refurbishment.
Much of the meat from the creatures, which are second only to the blue whale in size, is expected to be sent to Japan, with some going for human consumption but most destined for use in speciality dog foods.
That revelation will anger environmentalists, who say that Iceland is acting in defiance of the global moratorium on hunting great whale species agreed by members of the International Whaling Commission (IWC).