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Iceland‘s Food Minister Svandis Svavarsdottir has decided to temporarily stop whaling until August 31: the activity may not be resumed at the end of the ban, if the government and the hunting licensees cannot guarantee the welfare requirements of the Animal Welfare Act. Current yearly quotas allow for the killing of 209 fin whales and 217 minke whales, but catches have decreased in recent years because the majority (51%) of the general population now disapproves of the practice and demand for whale meat has declined. Iceland, Norway and Japan are the only countries that allow whaling.

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