Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Iceland Could End Whaling As Early As 2024

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An Icelandic minister has given campaigners hope that the country could end whaling by 2024.

Svandís Svavarsdóttir, the Icelandic fisheries minister, has indicated that the government sees little economic benefit from the practice. In a piece for the Icelandic “Morgunbladid” newspaper, the minister stated:

“Why should Iceland take the risk of keeping up whaling, which has not brought any economic gain, in order to sell a product for which there is hardly any demand?”

She then followed up with a simple tweet:

“Whaling needs to be reviewed.”

Activists and conservationists across the board welcomed the move. The Whale and Dolphin Conservation charity’s Vanessa Williams-Grey stated:

“This is obviously hugely welcome news that the fisheries minister sees no future for whaling — and not before time. Icelandic whalers have killed hundreds of whales in recent years, despite almost zero domestic demand, and declining interest from tourists and the Japanese market.”

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmyhttps://www.deeperblue.com
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for DeeperBlue.com

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