26 Oct 2006

Iceland hunting endangered whales

Despite worldwide outcry and a ban on whaling in place since 1986, Iceland, like Japan, continues to kill whales using cruel methods, saying it’s for “scientific” purposes. But now the government of Iceland has gone even further, launching a commercial whale hunt for the first time in more than two decades. Permits have been granted by Iceland’s Ministry of Fisheries for the hunting of 30 minke whales and nine endangered fin whales. In fact, whaling ships have already killed their first two endangered fin whales.

Yet few Icelanders eat whale meat regularly (only 1.1{a9f0d31f6175b3e4775e11a66c07db268fb74408d6095f6b46eeec420c0e9f62} of Icelanders say they eat whale meat once a week or more*); and there is limited, if any, world market for the meat. A growing number of jobs in Iceland also depend on the country’s thriving whale-watching industry.

whalers skin an endangered fin whale
Watch the latest video of Iceland’s cruel killing of endangered fin whales. Warning: Video contains graphic footage that may not be suitable for all viewers.

IFAWIt’s quite rare for Iceland’s embassy to receive an outpouring of public comments on a political issue. That’s why it’s not too late to have an impact!
Please send a polite message today to protest Iceland’s terrible decision to resume commercial whale hunting.

*Gallup Poll, 2006


  • olivia
    November 1, 2006 Reply

    Thanks Leo. Hadn’t realised it had expired.

  • Leo
    November 1, 2006 Reply

    correct link to email Icelandic leaders is here.

  • olivia
    October 28, 2006 Reply

    Personally Im glad the video didnt show the animal suffering, but it was clear to see by the wounds and harpoon how incredibly painful it must have been. Sometimes it takes up to an hour for the whale to die from continuous injuries. In this day and age we dont need to be shooting explosive harpoons into the oceans gentlest creatures for “scientific purposes”. Its a load of bull.

    According to Wikipedia the IUCN list the northern species as Lower Risk/Near Threatened and the southern as Lower Risk/Conservation dependent. They probably know what they’re talking about.

    In just 100 years 116,568 Minke Whales have been killed by whalers. Roughly 10{a9f0d31f6175b3e4775e11a66c07db268fb74408d6095f6b46eeec420c0e9f62} of a million if your figures are correct.

  • nathan
    October 28, 2006 Reply

    Hmmm… I’m more of a tree hugger than a Save the Whales type….and the video wasn’t that gruesome, they didn’t show the thing dying, just being cut up.

    And according to Wikipedia there are about 1 million minke whales in the world. Doesn’t seem like “endangered” sounding numbers to me.

    And yes, I think it’s sad that anything should have to die as well, but the story just seems a bit one sided. There’s some reason that they’re whaling, I can’t imagine that it’s just for fun.

  • TiNs
    October 27, 2006 Reply


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