Boycott Iceland until whaling restart canceled. Fin Whale slaughter to resume as reported in The Guardian. (The picture on the left is from the Guardian.) This whale is on the endangered species list in Canada.
“Sigursteinn Masson, at the Icelandic branch of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw), said: “I’m very disappointed. This decision is not based on real market needs and is not in line with public opinion polls on whaling, which doesn’t belong in modern times.””
The above quote misses the whole point, or almost so. Economics be damned! Public opinion poles be damned! Whales are sentient creatures. Whales have inherent value, in and of themselves, and independently of human valuation. Whales are necessary to the proper functioning of the ocean ecosystem. Whales have already been slaughtered into almost non-existence. Eating whale meat is in no way essential to human diets. It is clearly wrong, morally, to kill them, especially when it’s done for money. Visualize hired killers out to slaughter; look at the blood filled water in the Guardians illustration. How could this be anything but wrong?
“Iceland and Norway are the only countries in the world to authorise whaling in defiance of the 1986 International Whaling Commission’s moratorium.”
In recent years tourism to Iceland among people I know has been increasing in popularity; even I’ve been toying with the idea of going. But no more, at least while the slaughter of whales is being authorized by Iceland. I will actively try to discourage friends and strangers to stay away from Iceland. I will try to ensure that each whale slaughtered costs them fifteen hundred tourists (that’d be all of them). Also, I’m going to make it my business to find out if any Icelandic products, perhaps fish, find their way into my life, so I can eliminate them. I encourage all readers to do so also.
See the original Guardian report here
Note: Both the blue pictures of whales are of Hump-back Whales off Newfoundland’s east coast.