Good News for Whales: Thank Iceland for Doing the Right Thing!
- by: Care2.com
- recipient: Icelandic Ministry of Fisheries
Good news for whales: Iceland has just ended its commercial whale hunt, citing a lack of market for selling whale meat.
Iceland's decision is a huge win for whales. But the government has left open the possibility of resuming the hunt if the market for whale meat improves or if Iceland receives permission to export whale meat to Japan.
While the government's decision was based on economics, not conservation, it is important for those of us in the conservation community to applaud Iceland's decision and encourage the government to end all whale hunting for good. Iceland continues to support a "scientific" hunt for minke whales, but there is no scientific reason to hunt whales.
Sign our petition to thank Iceland for calling off the commercial whale hunt, and encourage Iceland's government to stop hunting whales once and for all.
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To Mr. Einar Kristinn Guðfinnsson, Minister of Fisheries,
I was heartened to read that your ministry has called off Iceland's commercial whale hunt, and I urge you to make this a permanent decision.
[Your personal comments]
You stated, "I will not issue a new quota until the market conditions for whale meat improve and permission to export whale products to Japan is secured."
There is very little demand for whale meat in Iceland or Japan. However, Iceland's whale watching industry is booming, generating millions of dollars in revenue per year. Clearly, a healthy future for Iceland's whales means a healthy future for Iceland's economy.
Thank you again for ending the commercial whale hunt!