Did you know that whales were once threatened with extinction due to over exploitation, but their populations have slowly been able to recover thanks to legal protection and conservation initiatives? Whales are living reminders that conservation works, and if we make a collection decision to preserve the life we share the planet with, populations of threatened wildlife can recover if we give them the chance. Sharks are currently facing the same type of situation, and it is our hope that one day the general public will support and protection for these misunderstood and vital animals. Unfortunately, whales still face numerous threats and not every country follows regulations put in place to protect them. Continue reading below and check out @sea_legacy for more information!
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 and join @Sea_Legacy in 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
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