Icelandic whale meat industry continuing


This video from the USA says about itself:

Fin Whale close to boat!

13 Jan 2013

During whale watching in Los Angeles.

From Wildlife Extra:

Iceland allows new whaling quotas despite a meagre consumption of whale meat

December 2013: Despite poll results revealing just a mere three percent of Icelanders eat whale meat regularly the Icelandic Government have issued new quotas that would allow 229 minke whales and 154 endangered fin whales to be harpooned each year for the next five years.

A survey of Icelanders conducted by Gallup and commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) found just three percent of Icelanders have bought whale meat six times or more in the last 12 months and that 75 percent of Icelanders never buy whale meat.

Robbie Marsland, UK Director of IFAW, said: “We are deeply disappointed that such a controversial decision has been made in such a manner. To sneak the decision out on a Friday evening shortly before Christmas without any reference to Icelandic and international criticism of this unnecessary and inhumane trade demonstrates how embarrassing one stubborn whaler is becoming to Iceland.”

IFAW has worked alongside Icelandic whale watch operators for many years to promote whale watching as a humane and profitable alternative to the cruelty of whaling. Iceland is one of Europe’s top destinations for whale watching and last year it attracted 175,000 whale watchers.

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