Using whale oil to fuel whale hunting ships is obscene says conservation group09/02/2013 23:51:56 Fin whale made into ‘green biofuel'
February 2013. Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) has reacted strongly to comments given by Iceland's leading whaler in an interview in the Sunday Times newspaper, in which he states that he is using oil from endangered Fin whales as a so-called ‘green biofuel' to power his hunting ships.
Kristjan Loftsson, chief executive of Icelandic whaling company Hvalur, stated in the newspaper interview that his whaling vessels are being fuelled by whale oil (mixed with marine oil), with each boat using roughly the equivalent of the oil from one dead Fin whale for each single day trip it makes.
Absurd, perverse and unethical
"This is a completely absurd, perverse and unethical move by an industry that is already steeped in the blood of whales, and which is now prepared to use the remains of dead whales to keep its own vessels afloat."
Collapse of Japanese market
With up to 40% of the domestic consumption of whale meat now being made up of unsuspecting tourists, the real market for the meat within the Icelandic community continues to decline.
Since the ban on commercial whaling (hunting for commercial profit) was introduced in 1986 by the body that regulates whaling - the IWC (International Whaling Commission), over 30,000 whales have been killed because of loopholes that have allowed some countries to carry on hunting.
Iceland claims it is allowed to break the ban because it left the IWC in 1992 but was 'allowed' to re-join 10 years later under a ‘reservation'. Between them, Japan, Norway and Iceland kill around 1,500 whales a year - mainly Fin, Minke, Bryde's, Sei, Humpback and Sperm whales.