Wednesday, October 18, 2006

In the News: Iceland to Resume Whaling

Iceland announced Tuesday that it would resume commercial whaling after a two-decade moratorium, defying a worldwide ban on hunting whales for their meat.

Fisheries Minister Einar Kristinn Gudfinnsson told Iceland's parliament that his ministry would begin issuing licenses to whaling ships to hunt fin and minke whales. He said the ministry would permit the hunting of nine fin whales and 30 minke whales in the year ending Aug. 31, 2007.
The government said licenses could be issued as soon as Wednesday, and that whaling ships could resume commercial whaling as early as this week.

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