Gruesome: Norway Uses Whale Meat to Feed Animals in the Fur Industry

Posted by on April 7, 2016 in Environment, Wildlife with 27 Comments


Amanda Froelich | True Activist

Can it get any more wrong than this? According to recent reports, there is an inexplicable link between the unnecessary – and brutal – hunting of whales and the fur industry. Information unearthed by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) reveals that a large portion of the whale meat caught in 2014 was being used for animal feed for the Norwegian fur industry.

This is shocking news, considering that the remaining countries that continue to allow whaling – Norway, Iceland, and Japan – purportedly do so for scientific purposes. Such is maintained, even though there has been no documented scientific research being used in any reputable scientific journal. Nonetheless, the practice continues.

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Jennifer Lonsdale, director of the EIA told Think Progress:

“We’ve been really concerned about the fact that whaling continues, and [that] in cahoots with Iceland, [Norway has] been exporting whales to Japan. Why would a wealthy country like Norway insist on carrying on whaling?”

In the past four years, Norway has butchered more whales than any other country. And, according to the documents, has been using a large portion of it to feed animals raised for their fur. In 2014, more than 113 tons of whale meat – the equivalent to about 75 minke whales – was used by Rogaland Pelsdyrfôrlaget, the largest manufacturer of animal feed for the Norwegian fur industry.

“Whaling is inherently cruel and has no place in a civilized society,” said Susan Millward, executive director of AWI, in a statement. “Killing these sentient and magnificent animals to feed suffering animals on fur farms underscores why the world opposes whaling, and clearly demonstrates that Norwegians have no legitimate need for whale meat.”

Because the industry is outdated and unnecessary, activists have been campaigning for an end to whaling for years. Unfortunately, the payoff has been slow.

In case you’re unaware, the fur trade industry is notorious for being one of the cruelest and most ruthless that exists. Animals are stolen from the wild and kept in small cages until they’re killed. And, it is not uncommon for their deaths to be needlessly painful or conducted through barbaric methods, such as electrocution through the anus or gassing so the pelts may be preserved.

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While countries may be ignoring a 30-year-old international moratorium on whale hunting, you, at least, can ‘be the change’ you desire to see in the world by raising awareness about the issue.

Please share this article, boycott the use of real fur, and comment your thoughts below!

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  1.' Josef Stubler says:

    Time to call the “Sea Shepards” !!!!

  2.' Viscount P Harper says:

    Does anyone here wear fur anyway? Well besides me of course

  3.' Jeff Andrews says:

    sell road kill to fur farmers

  4.' Jack Bakken says:

    This has too end! We have done this too long and the fur industry is bad for the animals,,,sorry. I am a Viking from Norway and this I dont like,,,, Whatson come on 🙂

  5.' Dwayne Robbie says:

    It’s time for humans to evolve beyond Capitalism and the economic slavery it creates for the 99%, shackled to debt, chained to jobs they hate. There’s a better way……

  6.' Tonny Janssens says:

    Nina Francisca walgelijk…

  7.' Misty Delaney Meier says:


  8.' Renier Botha says:

    Wtf! There are 2 things infinite! The universe and the stupidy of man

  9.' JR Robison says:

    Is there a stable population?

  10.' Jose Antonio Curi says:

    This is so wrong.

  11.' Michelle Smye Hughes says:

    Stop! Find another food source.

  12.' Wes Livingston says:

    This is outrages, they should feed the fur animals wild horses

  13.' จอห์น ลุนเดอะ says:

    This is fucking bullshit its a pure lie.. Im norwegian and i KNOW that this shit her is BS

  14.' Joss Jossun says:

    You Don’t Want Me to Tell You What I’d Really Like To Do….! ! !

  15.' Kuro Fox says:

    how dare they!!

  16.' Kim Rice says:

    I think everyone should be very careful about condemning the practices of other countries one doesn’t live in or understand. There are Alaskan tribes who live primarily off whale meat and need to be able to continue to do so to stay alive. We may not like the practice or agree with it, therefore but we don’t have to engage it in. But to determine how others should live? Not our place.

  17.' Ascension Valdes Pereiro says:

    I thought Norway was a civilized country, but it is not as regards to whales!!!

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