June 22, 2018: The first endangered fin whale of the season has just been killed by the Hvalur whaling company, out of a quota of 238 whales. Please take action, and ask Iceland’s government to stop whaling.
The first minke whales of the season have just been killed by Icelandic whalers, and the hunt for endangered fin whales is expected to begin at any moment, despite the International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium on commercial whaling. The meat from minke whales is mostly sold to tourists in Icelandic restaurants. Fin whale products are exported to Japan—thus, Iceland’s slaughter of these whales and sale of their meat not only defies the IWC moratorium but also the CITES treaty’s ban on international trade in fin whale products. The Hvalur fin whaling company has announced that it also plans to use fin whale meat blubber and bones to create a variety of supposed health products.
More than 200 of these majestic whales could die this summer, as Hvalur tries to revive its flagging industry by offering new products. Whaling is an inherently inhumane business that has yielded no real benefit to Iceland’s economy. In contrast, more than 354,000 tourists went whale watching in Iceland last year, bringing in more than $28 million to the country’s economy. Responsible whale tourism is the only justifiable “use” of whales, and it is time for Icelandic whaling harpoons to be set aside.
Write to Iceland’s ambassador to the United States, to let him know that you are opposed to his country continuing to allow the killing of minke and fin whales. Urge the government to support responsible whale watching instead of the cruel and unnecessary whaling industry. You can send a politely worded letter to Ambassador Geir Haarde via AWI's Compassion Index by clicking here.
Please share our “Dear Humanitarian” eAlert with family, friends and co-workers, and encourage them to write a letter, too.
As always, thank you very much for your help!
Director, Marine Wildlife Program