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Norway Allows Whale Hunters to Kill More Whales, Despite Global Ban

Norway says it will allow hunters to kill more than one thousand whales next year - the highest number allowed since the country resumed commercial whaling more than a decade ago.

Norway's Fisheries Ministry said Wednesday it will raise the quota of minke whales that can be culled by 30 percent, to 1, 52 whales. The Norwegian parliament approved the higher quota in a unanimous vote.

Norway has said there are more than enough minke whales in the North Atlantic to sustain increased hunting. But for the past two years, Norwegian whale hunters have fallen short of the quotas.

Norway is the only country that allows commercial whaling, in defiance of a global ban imposed by the International Whaling Commission in 1986.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.