Norway to proceed with experiment on whales, despite protests
June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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A group of international scientists has called on Norway to halt plans for acoustic experiments on minke whales.
(CNN)A group of international scientists has called on Norway to halt plans for acoustic experiments on minke whales.
The research team conducting the experiment says it is designed to understand which kinds of human-made ocean noise affect the whales, as human-made sound can have an impact on an animal's hearing and behavior and cause it stress.
Norway's Food Safety Authority, which approved the trial, acknowledged that the experiment, which involves catching the whales, keeping them in an enclosure for 3-4 days, and tagging them, "involves moderate distress and discomfort for up to six hours. "
"Procedures on animals as a result of which the animals are likely to experience short-term moderate pain, suffering or distress, or long-lasting mild pain, suffering or distress, as well as procedures that are likely to cause moderate impairment of the well-being or general condition of the animals, are classified as moderately severe," Aamodt said.
But in a statement of concern, the 50 international scientists who signed the letter said this is an "understatement," adding: "This process risks causing the whale considerable stress leading to panic, creating a dangerous situation for both whales and humans. "