Food and veterinary authority report questions whether hunting large whales can meet animal welfare objectives
Whales have taken as long as two hours to die during Icelandic hunts, according to a report by the Icelandic food and veterinary authority.
A number of the carcasses of the fin whales shot by explosive harpoons during hunts in Iceland last year were examined by the organisation, which found that almost 40% struggled for approximately 11 and a half minutes before they died, while two took more than an hour. A quarter of the fin whales, the second-largest mammal on Earth after the blue whale, considered “vulnerable” globally by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, had to be harpooned a second time. Only 59% died instantly.