Bad news, kids: Iceland has granted a commercial license to hunt 39 whales – nine of which are endangered fin whales. There’s no economic reason behind this – a recent poll by IFAW shows that just 1.1 % of Icelanders eat whale meat once a week or more, while 82.4% of 16 to 24-year-olds never eat whale meat. The man behind the hunt is one Kristjan Loftsson, a former whaler, who has collected 250 million ISK in shares for renovating his whaling station in Hvalfjordur.
Earlier this year, Norway closed its whale hunt before it had reached half its quota, because they had enough whale meat to supply the what little demand there is. And in Japan, thousands of tonnes of whale meat is stockpiling.
But here’s what you can do…
“I would seriously consider taking a vacation in Iceland rather than somewhere else if the Government of Iceland stopped whaling. I would be willing to receive an email about the options available for Icelandic tourism, an email that would be sent to me if the Government of Iceland ends its whaling program.” Take the pledge: Tell the Icelandic government that you oppose whaling
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