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Photo: Hard to Port. Hvalur hf. employees inspect a hybrid whale hunted in 2018. .

Whaling Company Violation to Be Investigated

 

Iceland’s only whaling company Hvalur hf. will be investigated for an alleged violation of whaling regulations, RÚV reports. The state prosecutor has overturned the decision of West Iceland’s Chief of Police to close an investigation into one of the company’s three possible violations of regulations on whale hunting.

Nature conservation group Jarðarvinir sued Hvalur hf. last August for violating whaling regulations. The charge was made on three separate accounts: the killing of a hybrid whale, the harpoons the company uses for hunting, and the butchering and processing of whale carcasses. The state prosecutor orered West Iceland Police to investigate the charges, and they announced the investigation had been discontinued last December. Jarðarvinir then appealed this decision.

The state prosecutor confirmed the police’s decision on the first two charges, but reopened the investigation into the butchering and processing of whale meat. According to whaling regulations, whale carcasses are required to be butchered on a covered surface, a rule that Hvalur hf. did not follow. The state prosecutor has also ordered West Iceland Police to investigate Hvalur hf.’s failure to submit activity logs to the Directorate of Fisheries, which was also among Jarðvinir’s demands.

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