Iceland Sets Sights on Minke Whales
From all-creatures.org
Animal Rights Articles

Moo-ving people toward compassionate living

Visit the all-creatures.org Home Page.
Write us with your comments: <flh@all-creatures.org>

Iceland Sets Sights on Minke Whales

01 June 2004

by Anai Rhoads

AnaiRhoads.org - According to a statement made Tuesday by Fisheries Minister Arni Mathieson, Iceland will go forward with the slaughter of at least 25 minke whales by the end of this summer.

Iceland returned to whaling last year after keeping the programme dormant for nearly 14 years. In 2003, the arrangement was to kill 100 minke whales, 100 fin whales and 50 sei whales, setting the minimum at 250 whales annually.

Iceland claims that killing the minke whales is part of important research to benefit local marine eco-systems. However, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has noted that the whale meat is being sold to supermarkets and restaurants all across the region.

IFAW states the 2004 quota was revised to include 25 minke whales but no additional fin or sei whales.

"This is a move in the right direction," said Fred O'Regan, president and CEO of IFAW. "We welcome the fact that Iceland is dramatically reducing the number of whales it intends to slaughter in the name of science. But it is time for the Icelandic government to face reality: there is no future in killing whales for the commercial market. The real economic opportunity lies in the expansion of responsible whale watching, a truly sustainable industry that protects whales and economic livelihoods."

Whale watching attracts an estimated 72,000 tourists in Iceland every year, bringing in more than $14.6 million annually into the Icelandic economy.

Despite a diplomatic demarche to the Icelandic Government by 23 countries, Iceland continues forward with their plans to kill whales. Iceland, Norway and Japan are the only three countries in the world that hunt whales in defiance of an international moratorium.

2004 AnaiRhoads.org Reproduction must be authorised in writing only, and altering the material and this copyright is prohibited and protected by international law.

 

Return to Animal Rights Articles
The calf photo on these pages is from Farm Sanctuary with our thanks.

We welcome your comments:

All Creatures Animal Rights Article: justice, peace, love, compassion, ethics, organizations, Bible, God, Lord, Jesus, Christ, Holy Spirit, grass roots, animals, cruelty
free, lifestyle, hunting, fishing, traping, farm, farming, factory, fur, meat, slaughter, cattle, beef, pork, chicken, poultry, hens, battery, debeaking.  Thee is also a similarity to the human aspects of prolife, pro life, pro-life, abortion, capital punishment, and war. (d-5)


| Home Page | Animal Issues | Archive | Art and Photos | Articles | Bible | Books | Church and Religion | Discussions | Health | Humor | Letters | Links | Nature Studies | Poetry and Stories | Quotations | Recipes | What's New? |

Thank you for visiting all-creatures.org.
Since date.gif (1367 bytes)