This apparently leads to relatively quicker deaths for the whales, but painlessness is really hit or miss when you're trying to kill the largest mammal on earth as he is swimming through ocean water. Whales can still take a long time to die, and sometimes, after being harpooned, they are shot with high-powered rifles.
"...It still beggars belief that anyone, let alone someone from a country like ours, where whale meat has long been banned, could be oblivious to the uproar over Norway's slaughter of these gentle giants," PETA UK exclaimed in exclusive comments to E! News.
Norway, Iceland and Japan are the only three countries in the world that defy an international ban on whaling, and 2014 was the deadliest year for Norwegian whales since the Norway began defying the ban in 1993. Learn what you can do to save whales in Norway here.