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  Outcry as Iceland starts whaling again
Updated 15 August 2003, 10.10

Animal rights groups are protesting as Iceland started hunting minke whales for the first time in 17 years.

The government there says they are going to kill 38 whales for scientific purposes, but many environmental groups think this is just an excuse.

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Gerd Leipold, from Greenpeace International, reckons they are just saying this so they can actually start commercial whaling.

Japanese whalers capture a whale for research
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Commercial whaling, which is killing whales to sell their meat and other products for money, was banned in 1986.

The government of Iceland says they are going to kill the whales to find out how many fish they eat.

The RSPCA has asked people to think about whether they should buy fish from the island in protest at the decision.

Tourism in Iceland could also be damaged by the return to whaling, as many foreigners might be put off visiting.

The British government attacked the decision, calling the plan "wholly unjustified".

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