Repost from @paulnicklen - The International Whaling Commission (IWC) instituted a global moratorium, or pause, on commercial whaling in 1986. Yet, Kristján Loftsson, CEO of Iceland’s only fin whale-hunting business, Hvalur hf (Whale Inc.), continues to operate, ignoring international outrage and the shrinking demand for whale meat. This year, after a two-year hiatus in hunting, the Icelandic government sanctioned the slaughter of 238 endangered fin whales. Those whales are dying right now, each one harpooned and dragged to a slow, cruel end. Economically, the hunt doesn’t make any sense. Iceland’s whale watching industry generates $20 million USD annually – far more than the disappearing whale meat market. It’s time for Iceland to choose tourism over whaling. .
The first fin whale has been killed in Iceland.
A 65-foot endangered fin whale, defenceless and sentient, was brutally harpooned, dragged ashore and flensed late last night. A photo of the carcass, posted by a Hvalur worker, is circulating the internet. We want to remind you how magnificent these creatures are. There is an unparalleled beauty in seeing these stunning and massive giants in the wild. It is hard for us to understand why a nation, often seen as progressive, and known for its nature tourism, is letting the senseless actions of one man, Kristján Loftsson, dictate the direction of Iceland. .
Speak out to #StopIcelandWhaling and join @Sea_Legacy in #TurningTheTide with @bluespherefoundation and @oceanicpreservationsociety