While many Icelanders support whale hunting
, a growing number
Commercial whale hunting
ended in 1986 after some species were driven to the brink of extinction.
Japan's proposal, which included a call for partially resuming commercial whale hunting
, has been voted down at a general meeting of the International Whaling Commission.
Supporters and opponents of whale hunting
were at loggerheads late Wednesday at a meeting of the 89-nation International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Brazil.
Despite new laws prohibiting whale hunting
, or whaling, Japan continues to send whale hunters to Antarctica in search of Minke Whales to kill.
But critics say Japan, which has signed the commission's moratorium on whale hunting
, constantly exploits a loophole by saying its hunt is for scientific research.
Japan is a signatory to the International Whaling Commission moratorium on whale hunting
, but makes use of a loophole that allows the mammals to be killed for scientific research.
The movie, which took five years to make, follows tensions between the people of the Faroe Islands, for whom whale hunting
is a way of life, and the environmental activists who arrive on the islands to stop them.
It lets viewers travel 1km down for the first time to see the whale hunting
In 2014, the International Court of Justice ruled that Japan's so-called"research whaling"in the Antarctic contravened a 1986 moratorium on whale hunting
. Japan decided to halt whaling in the Antarctic for a year following the court ruling.
Sir David said an agreement similar to that which outlawed most whale hunting
was needed to prevent fish stocks being depleted.
Japan, meanwhile, faces a stronger challenge in the future over its controversial scientific whale hunting