No whales will be hunted in Iceland for the second year in a row , and one of the country’s two whaling companies is ceasing operations permanently. "I’m never going to hunt whales again, I’m stopping for good," managing director of company IP-Utgerd Gunnar Bergmann Jonsson told AFP Sunday . IP-Utgerd specialized in hunting minke whales, which means Iceland’s minke whale hunt is officially over. Hvalur, the second Icelandic whaling company that specializes in fin whales, said it was not hunting this year due to difficulties exporting meat and social-distancing measures related to the new coronavirus . Conservation and animal welfare groups welcomed the news. "This is tremendous news," Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) CEO Chris Butler-Stroud said in a statement . "It is also a turning point for Iceland and its people and something that WDC has campaigned for for years. An end to minke whaling, and the end in sight for fin whaling, gives Iceland the chance to position itself as the true green island of the North Atlantic." Humane Society International CEO Kitty Block also called it a "major turning point in the battle against whaling" on her blog . Hvalur CEO Kristjan Loftsson said the […]

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