Regulatory News

After two years, Iceland resumed commercial whaling of fin whales starting in mid-July. The species is the second largest in the world, second only to the blue whale - and placed on the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), among the most threatened on the planet. A photograph taken by members of Greenpeace shows a harpooned whale being cut up for meat.

"Whaling is brutal and belongs to a bygone era and not the 21st century," said the Guardian, John Sauven, director of Greenpeace UK. "It is deeply regrettable that a single Icelandic whaling company supported by the government is undermining the global ban on commercial whaling, which exists to ensure the future of the world's whales."

Iceland had stopped hunting fin whales in 2011 and 2012, partly because Japan, its biggest market, was suffering an economic crisis after the devastating tsunami that occurred in March 2011.

The International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling, but their authority is not recognized by Iceland. More than 1 million people around the world have signed a recent online petition against the trade of Icelandic fin whale meat amid revelations that some of them in Japan ended up being mixed in with products for feeding dogs.

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