Our view on whale watching in Norway
Norway’s relationship with whales has long seemed tinged with hypocrisy in as much as whales are considered part of the country’s ‘cultural heritage’ but still killed for meat and blubber. Whale hunters are currently allowed to kill just over 1,000 minke whales each year; however, this quota is rarely met and many activists agree that Norway’s whaling industry is facing its final death knells.
At Responsible Travel we believe that whales are meant to be in the wild and not to be hunted for food or for any other traditional ‘cultural’ activity. Although Norwegians are only allowed to hunt minke whales, which are plentiful and not threatened with extinction, this is still a barbaric practice that we feel has no place in the modern world.
We campaigned long and hard to Say No to Orca Circuses and we feel the more Norway understands the value of whales, including minke whales, as a vital part of a sustainable and profitable tourism industry, the better.