"We are stunned that Norway, as otherwise a leader in nature conservation, kills the most whales worldwide — most of them pregnant females," Nicolas Entrup, a consultant to OceanCare, told The Dodo last year. "We are hopeful that this practice will cease very soon in the face of mounting international protest. There is no need and no place for commercial whaling in the 21st century."
Many advocates hope that, like last year, the number of whales that end up being killed will be far below the increased quota. Even so, the increase feels to many advocates like a threat.
"To be increasing quotas when the industry itself is dying is unnecessarily provocative to the international community that decided decades ago that whales should be protected from hunting," Humane Society International (HSI) added.