Iceland Continues to Slaughter Whales

Iceland Continues to Slaughter Whales

Iceland is one of the few remaining countries that make a big business out of the slaughter of whales.  The targets of these killings are fin whales and minke whales.  Fin whales happen to be critically endangered, which makes these activities even more appalling.  Despite international conservation agreements, Iceland continues to hunt and has, in fact, actually increased their killing of whales.  They butcher hundreds of whales every year and have been warned by conservation groups that these numbers are way beyond sustainable levels.

So, if Iceland has already agreed to conservation efforts and they don’t really make much money off of the whale meat, then why exactly do they continue to do this?  One of the main excuses is that whales are competition to other traditional fish industries.  Fish have experienced a sharp decline in recent decades and Icelandic companies hope that by reducing the number of whales they can get the fish back up to a more profitable population level.

The logic behind this is, of course, flawed.  As the human population rises, more demand for fish will naturally decrease their populations.  Killing whales to counteract this is, at best, only a temporary solution.  Unless they manage to decrease the number of people who want to eat fish, fish populations will continue to lessen, even if they see a small increase for a short time.  The slaughter of an entire species is no proper way to do business.

If outside organizations and countries don’t do something about Iceland’s blatant disregard for conservation efforts soon, this country may end up causing irreparable harm to the fin and minke whale populations.  This is another case of people disposing of their humanity in the name of money, though one that can hopefully be stopped by those who see the big picture instead of just the short-term profit.