Norway’s whale hunters have faced vehement anti-whaling protests this year, but their biggest problem may be that Norwegians are eating less whale meat. The number of minke whales killed this year, 589, was 36 fewer than last year, the first drop since Norway defied the International Whaling Commission and resumed commercial hunting in 1993. Even before the whaling season was over, Norwegian processing facilities announced that they would accept no more whale meat because sales were down at supermarkets, where the meat sells for $10 a pound.

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