Despite international outrage over the whaling industries, countries like Norway, Iceland, and Japan continue to ruthlessly murder thousands of animals each year in the name of scientific research. This is a dubious reason to conduct hunts in the first place, but things get even more sketchy when you consider that there has been no documented scientific research found in any reputable scientific journal. While we often think of whaling as being driven by a high demand for whale meat by consumers across the world, it turns out that consumer demand isn’t the only thing driving the whaling industry. According to recent reports, we’re now learning that the whaling and fur industries are inextricably linked.
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) found that whale meat caught in 2014 was reportedly used for animal feed for the Norwegian fur industry. As if the whaling industry wasn’t bad enough on its own, now these two industries have combined forces for nothing short of evil.
EIA and AWI estimate that for the past two years, Norway has killed more whales than Iceland and Japan combined, coming in at 1,396 whales. Of those 1,396 whales, about 76 minke whales (113 tons) were used as animal feed by Rogaland Pelsdyrfôrlaget, the largest manufacturer of animal feed for the Norwegian fur industry.
The fur trade is one of the most cruel and ruthless industries. Animals are stolen from the wild, kept in small cages until they’re killed using unthinkably cruel methods, such as gassing and even anal electrocution, in order to preserve the pelts. The most commonly used animals are the mink, chinchillas, foxes, dogs, rabbits, and cats.
“Whaling is inherently cruel and has no place in a civilized society,” said Susan Millward, executive director of AWI, in a statement. “Killing these sentient and magnificent animals to feed suffering animals on fur farms underscores why the world opposes whaling, and clearly demonstrates that Norwegians have no legitimate need for whale meat.”
What Can You Do to Help End Whaling in Norway?
First, share this article to spread the word about the cruel whale and fur industries! Then, sign this petition asking Norway to discontinue whaling. And always opt for fur free, or faux fur alternatives which produce a similar look and feel to our favorite fur based fashions. Both of these horrific industries are fueled by consumer demand. By cutting off our support to both, we can all help save thousands of animals from being the product of completely unnecessary industries.
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