In recent years, Iceland has become a prime global tourism destination, praised for excellence in social, economic and environmental sustainability.
The current hunt to kill 238 endangered fin whales puts that reputation at risk, as it is in defiance of the 1986 International Whaling Commission’s moratorium on whaling. It is also economically unsound; Iceland’s whale watching industry generates $20M USD annually, which is far more than the whale hunt. One in five tourists to Iceland go whale watching, making it Europe’s premier destination.
Whales are highly intelligent, sentient beings critical to the health of our oceans. They prevent species over-population, regulate food systems and combat climate change.
As a global citizen, I call on the Icelandic government to ban whale hunting permanently. Until this happens, I will spend my tourism dollars in countries that protect wildlife, not those that slaughter it.
BE THE CHANGE.
UK independent advocate, voicing beliefs in alignment with Ocean Presevation Society.
Follow link for the original global anti-whaling appeal;