Norway - the only country in the world to openly conduct commercial whaling (Japan and Iceland hide behind the flimsy veil of 'scientific whaling'), is failing to reach it's Minke whale quota for this year. Excellent news!

This year was the highest ever quota: 1,052 whales were due for slaughter, up from 797 last year However, since the season started on April 1st, about 500 Minkes have been despatched. The whaling industry that the lack of catch is down to poor weather and rising fuel prices - but we know that it's down to a lack of market demand - people in Norway are losing the taste for whale meat.

Either way - it's reasonably good news for the whale population.

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