Norway is one of three countries that continues to hunt whales in objection to a decades-old moratorium on commercial whaling. As it turns out, however, the deadly industry there might be on the way out -- not due to a sudden change of heart, but because they're having a hard time finding anyone to buy whale meat.
In a television special on the topic aired on Norwegian station NRK, one of the nation's leading proponents of whaling said that unless more consumers can be found abroad to import whale meat, the industry may be a thing of the past within a decade.
"At worst, if it does not become easier to sell whale meat, I fear that this tradition and industry will die out," he told the television channel. "In about ten to 15 years, there may be no whalers left in Norway, and that would be a tragedy."
Over the last few years, domestic demand for whale meat has plummeted, despite attempts to create new products combining whale with other meat, like pork. Even Ulf Ellingsen, operator of one of the largest seafood producers in the country, says that whaling is in danger of disappearing.