Yesterday, the Obama Administration acknowledged that Iceland’s whaling is not acceptable or sustainable. While falling short of issuing economic sanctions from the US government, Iceland’s whaling company is already feeling economic pressure from consumers. Highliner Seafoods, one of North America’s largest seafood distributors, recently pledged that it will not purchase seafood products from any company associated with whaling in Iceland. At the same time, WDC continues to track a shipment of FOUR MILLION POUNDS of whale meat from Iceland.
Given that Iceland has a thriving whale watching industry, and other Icelandic fishing groups have indicated they are not interested in commercial whaling, it is unfortunate that the arrogance of one man not only sacrifices the lives of endangered fin whales, but holds his own country hostage as a result of a senseless slaughter.