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Saturday, 29 August 2009

Norway's Whale Cruelty

PDF FileWhilst this article relates to a WDCS document (dated 2007) that shows the inconsistencies in regard to Norway's own legislation for the humane slaughter of livestock and the inhumane slaughter of whales, it goes to show that no whale can be guaranteed to be humanely slaughtered by any member of the whaling nations.

Minke Whale
...farmed animals are afforded legislative protection from pain and prolonged suffering at slaughter, hunted whales are not. As there is no way to ensure a humane death for hunted whales, the options for Norway are limited: inhumane slaughter or an end to commercial whaling.
It's a startling fact that such a high percentage of Norwegians consider the lengthy death of a whale to be unacceptable and also believe that all mammals should be afforded the same legislation regarding protection from prolonged pain and suffering.
Since the global ban on commercial whaling came into force in 1986, Norway has killed 7,157 minke whales using penthrite grenade harpoons, a slaughter method with such a high margin of error that it simply would not be tolerated by the Norwegian government or public for slaughter of terrestrial animals for commercial food production.


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