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Over One Million Sign Anti-whaling Campaign

Over one million people have signed the anti-whaling petition organized by the international movement Avaaz to try to ban the transfer of Icelandic fin whale meat through Dutch ports.

whale-cutting_psA fin whale being processed. Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Iceland’s whaling has been a source of renewed criticism in recent days. Head of whaling company Hvalur, Kristján Loftsson, was described in an article entitled ‘Shame on You, Iceland,’ in the Morning Star as a “butcher.”

Minister of Fisheries Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson described the article as radical and reflecting little understanding of Iceland’s sustainable use of resources.

Chairman of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association, Árni Gunnarsson, however, told visir.is that he is concerned about the issue. “We are concerned about whaling itself but are also worried about not just that the animals that we watch are about to be hunted but also the image of the country.”

According to Árni, whaling hurts the efforts of tourism companies in promoting whale watching.


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