Norway to conduct ‘cruel’ minke whale tests despite opposition

Norway to conduct ‘cruel’ minke whale tests despite opposition

Scientists say experiments could cause whales stress and injury and call for them to be scrapped

Plans to capture and run six-hour-long sound tests on young minke whales are set to go ahead in Norway despite condemnation from more than 50 international scientists and wildlife experts as “completely unacceptable”.

According to the plans, approved by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA), over one or two seasons a dozen juvenile minke whales will be captured in a strait off Vestvågøy island in the Lofoten area of northern Norway, where the animals pass through every year on their way to feeding areas further north in the Barents Sea.

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