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. Speak out to #StopIcelandWhaling and join @Sea_Legacy in #TurningTheTide through the link in my bio.
This work was performed under the authorization n.0 XX-ORAC-2018 issued by the Government, on February 22, 2018