For the first time in 17 years, there will be no whaling in Icelandic waters this summer.
Due to a shrinking international market for whale meat and the expansion of a no-fishing coastal zone, both of the nation’s major whaling companies have decided to abandon their summer hunting season altogether, meaning that no whales of any kind will be hunted in Iceland.
IP-Utgerd – a company specializing in harpooning minke whales – said that the expansion of the no-fishing zone would force their ships to travel farther out to sea, making the venture far more costly than usual. The company now says that they will be focusing on collecting sea cucumbers for the summer, according to Icelandic news platform RUV.
Hvalur, the other Icelandic whaling company, specializes in harpooning fin whales – an endangered species that is hailed for being the second largest whale in the world.
Though the company typically exports 100% of their catch to Japan, a shrinking demand for whale meat has prompted them to abandon their summer harpooning.
Whalers have been hunting in Icelandic waters since the country lifted their restrictions on whaling in 2003. Though the companies may reconsider their whaling ventures next summer, environmentalists and marine biologists are rejoicing over this year’s harpooning respite.
The 2019 season will be the first time since 2002 that no whales will be harpooned in Iceland’s waters, after the country decided to resume whaling in 2003 in opposition to the International Whaling Commission’s 1986 moratorium.
In 2018, 145 fin whales and six minke whales were harpooned. Prior to this recent news, Iceland was/is one of only three nations — including Norway and Japan — that have chosen to ignore the international moratorium on hunting whales, established in 1986. Hvalur HF’s ageing whaling ships use exploding harpoon guns that cause immense pain and suffering to the endangered fin whales before they die.
The latest good news with regards to animal rights came from Canada, where they completely banned the captivity of whales and dolphins. That being said, what’s unfortunate about this is that their capture is still permitted for certain scientific purposes, which is absolutely brutal. Scientific study of these majestic, empathetic and extremely intelligent beings should be limited to observation, and beings that have passed away. Furthermore, Marine Land seems to be exempt for that law, and they are permitted to keep the ones they have in captivity there for live. They will probably breed them as well allowing for the sustainability of the park, which is hard breaking.
What gives us the right to do what we do to animals? This has all been the result of brainwashing and marketing, anybody who is in touch with their heart and has qualities of empathy would never condone the capture of any animals. It hurts to see another hurt, and for those who don’t think it’s hurt full and traumatic for these animals, you are severely misinformed.
This results from human beings taking matters into their own hands, instead of letting a group of corporations and ‘elitists’ makes decisions that do not benefit the planet and all beings that live on it. Those are the type of decisions, in this day in age, that we need, and everywhere we look there are signs of it, and this comes despite the fact that we never really hear a peep from mainstream media. For the most part, all we are presented with are problems, fear, chaos, anxiety, worry, and brainwashing campaigns that justify the stripping of both human, and animals rights.