Stop Whale Hunting In Iceland

Whales are a touchy subject in Iceland. 

 

On one hand the enormous mammals have become a beloved attraction that tourists flock to see.  And on the other hand, they are cruelly hunted and slaughtered so their meat can be shipped for profits.

 

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is working hard to stop the annual whale hunt in Iceland. 

 

The organization reported that the meat from the animals is not going to feed the citizens of Iceland, but is instead being shipped to other countries for a small profit.

 

The vast majorities of Icelanders do not eat whale meat and prefer to watch the beautiful animals as they swim freely off the coastline.

 

Whale watching has become so popular in recent years that it has created its own industry with more than 100,000 tourists spending $15 million a year in Iceland’s coastal towns during whale watching season. 

 

With these facts it would be reasonable to conclude that whales should have become a protected species in the country, but in 2006 Iceland dropped its ban on whale hunting and resumed commercial whaling.

 

Now hundreds of whales are senselessly slaughtered annually.  In 2010 hunters killed 148 endangered fin whales and 60 minke whales.

 

And nearly all of the whale meat was transported to Japan.  Japan Today reported that 631 tons of finback whale meat had arrived in the country during the year.

 

The International Whaling Commision placed a global ban on whale hunting in 1986.  Only Japan, Norway and Iceland continue to hunt whales, under the pretense that it is for scientific research. 

 

Japan kills between 600 – 900 whales every year.

 

IFAW says that whaling is “inherently cruel” and that it can take “more than half an hour for a harpooned whale to die.”

The organization is asking the government of Iceland to end all commercial whaling in the country once for all.

 

Call To Action

CLICK HERE to sign the Care2 Petition that asks Iceland’s Ambassador to the U.S. to Stop Whale Hunting in his country.

 

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109 comments

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman5 years ago

Already signed. thanx

Helene B.
Helene B.5 years ago

Japan will buy whale meat until the last one is butchered! Sadistic country.

Roberto Vivas
Roberto Vivas5 years ago

Ok Iceland knock it off!!! I wonder who voted No...

Mark S.
Mark S.5 years ago

Signed, thank you for posting.

mariya s.
mari s.5 years ago

There are no words to describe such horror -- I signed the petition

Alfred Donovan
Past Member 5 years ago

I have for long refused to knowingly purchase goods or products from the whaling nations of Japan Iceland or Norway.the very act of whaling is cruel and completely unnecessary and should be stopped immediately.The continuing slaughter of whales and dolphins by these nations is a despicable monstrosity and makes pariahs of the countries.The wahles and dolphins are however likely to have the last laugh when these countries are poisoned by mercury and heavy metals and PCB's.

Joy Dantine
Joy Dantine5 years ago

For the 1% who selected "no!" my guess is either you are from Iceland or selected in err. This should not even be debated during this tumultuous time - still! All oceanic "aquatic" life is critical to human survival and should be left where they are at this time to recover for a time. Blast it people of the unknowning, listen to what is wrong with the world and fix yourself. Do not cater to the human who is greedy. A greedy person does not think about you or your family - even if he or she says so by giving you a job. Pathos sucks sometimes. Ethos is where it is at! Live strong and with wisdom to carry you through the grade.

Jennifer T.
Jennifer T.5 years ago

It is so discouraging to sign anti-whaling petitions year after year. It amazes me that these majestic creatures aren't off limits. Our governments could stop this, but for all their preachy morality, money really trumps all doesn't it? Since the Japanese seem to be the major consumers of whales - wouldn't a boycott of their products yield faster results?

Christina H.
Christina H.5 years ago

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kathleen h.
kathleen hallman5 years ago

whales are beautiful animals its a shame what they do to them. youve got my vote, i sign