The Icelandic Fisheries Minister has announced a new whaling quota, which will allow over 2000 Fin Whales and Minke Whales to be slaughtered over a 5 year period.
Even though there is clear proof that Lofftsson’s whaling is not making as much as whale watching ( in 2017 killing whales created 10.8 million in revenue but whale watching created 20.5 million is the same amount of time.)
So why are whales being killed and not protected if they are creating so much money for Iceland?
It is believed Kristán Lofftsson has close links with the pro-whaling Indepence Party which currently fields the most MPs in the Icelandic Parliament, allowing him to make direct requests to the Fisheries Minister, along with this it has been reported Loftsson is very close to another Independence Party MP, Jon Gunnarsson (father of Iceland’s last remaining Minke Whaler. Iceland’s Minke whaling has declined almost to a stand still and only a handful of Minke Whales have been taken in recent years.
Along with this it also emerged that the University of Iceland accepted six million ISK from Hvalur for ‘research’ only months before it hosted a review into the economic benefit of the whaling industry. Therefore the review concludes that whaling is overall of benefit to the economy.
Harpooning whales is cruel and unnecessary, after last years season where we saw 2 rare Blue/ Fin hybrids harpooned and many pregnant fin whales, this industry is obviously out of control.
Many Residents living in Iceland along with the the whale watch communities were obviously not very happy with the news. Many worrying for the ‘irreparable damage to Iceland’s reputation on the world stage’ that whaling could result in.
Many elements of recent reports on Iceland’s whaling have revealed many alarming things such as saying that whaling is having no effect on tourism and also suggesting that the whale hunts could be expanded to include other species, such as Sei Whales, Humpback Whales and Sperm Whales.
One of the arguments which is being used by whalers is by killing Fin Whales and Minke Whales ( only whales currently targeted) the fish stocks for human consumption will rise and therefore benefit the fisheries.
Photos via Google/ sea shepherd
Events during the 2018 season :
.146 endangered fin whales were killed not including 21+ unborn calfs killed when their mothers were shot with a explosive harpoon.
.whale 22, whale 22 was suspected as being a blue whale after testing it is been said to be a hybrid between a blue and fin whale. However, a lot of people do not believe the claim.
.The 62nd whale to be killed suffered a painful death when a explosive harpoon was shot at a endangered fin whale in the fin only just penetrating the blubber of the whale, after this it was then dragged back and most likely drowned before getting to the station.
.Sea shepherd crews noticed a unborn calf carcus being dragged across the floor bye 3 men. Since then 21 + unborn calfs have been seen dragged from there mothers body.
.Whale 98- possible hybrid between fin and blue. This whales life was wasted as the meat can not even be sold to Japan as there was no licence for the killing. However this whale could help prove that 22 was a blue not hybrid.
.During the period of time when it was thought the whaling was over One worker at the station grabbed a camouflaged rifle that was in the area were know one could see it and killed 4-5 lesser black backed gulls who were peacefully eating left over meat from the slip way.
Make your voice heard! Please email or write polite letters voicing your support for Iceland’s whale watching industry and the establishment of a national whale sanctuary in Iceland’s territorial waters:
Prime Minister of Iceland
The Prime Minister’s Office
Stjornarradshusid vid Laekjartorg
101 Reykjavik, Iceland
Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson
Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources
101, Reykjavik, Iceland
Icelandic Tourism Board
101 Reykjavík, Iceland
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