Icelandic whalers harpoon first minke whale of season
Iceland and Japan both use a loophole in the worldwide ban on whaling to hunt whales for “scientific” research. However, IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) believes“scientific” whaling is merely commercial whaling in disguise as no science of value has been gained and the whale meat is then put on sale in shops and restaurants.
In October 2006, Iceland provoked international outcry when it announced it was also resuming commercial whaling, setting a self-allocated catch quota of nine endangered fin whales and 30 minke whales. Seven fin whales were harpooned but the unsold meat remains frozen in storage.
IFAW urges Iceland to end whaling and instead support responsible whale watching as a humane and sustainable alternative to this cruel practice.