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Iceland stops commercial whaling

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Sheffield Heeley Meg Munn is delighted that Iceland’s government has announced that as a result of low demand for whale meat, no more commercial whaling quotas will be allowed. Last year, in spite of an international ban, the Icelandic government allowed commercial whaling of minke whales and endangered fin whales. This followed three years of so-called “scientific” whaling.


This decision to allow commercial whaling was condemned internationally. It was also strongly opposed by Icelandic businesses, who were concerned about the negative impact it could have. In fact no market for the fin whale meat has developed, with the meat having to be put into cold storage.


Meg said:


‘Iceland has a thriving whale-watching industry, now worth over 10 million per year. It is a sustainable and humane way of making money. Commercial whaling is cruel, and as we can see, makes little business sense. This decision by the Icelandic government to stop quotas for hunting is excellent news - for the whales themselves, but also for Iceland’s international reputation.’


The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) has been campaigning to stop whale quotas, as well as helping establish the whale-watching industry in Iceland. For more information visit their website www.ifaw.org.

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