Immoral. Inhumane. Inexcusable. These may be the best words to describe the Japanese, Danes (Faroe Islands), Norwegians and Icelanders who persist in slaughtering whales despite the IWC ban on such activity.
Even though whale meat is in sharp decline, and world opinion finds whale harpooning an act carried out by demonic, barbaric nations, Icelandic authorities, like Japanese authorities, are flexing their muscles and thumbing their noses at world opinion and the IWC’s ban on whaling.
Numerous scientific studies leave no doubt that whales are intelligent mammals who communicate with each other, navigate in ways modern military is unable to master, feel pain and anguish, and care for their young (far better than many people).
Icelandic whalers plans to kill 2000 whales over the next five-year-period, justifying such slaughter by insisting that the number of whales has increased to support a yearly kill of 209 fin whales and 217 minke whales every year until 2023.
This almost matches the gut-wrenching 900 orca whales slaughtered by Russia in a one-year period.
It’s difficult to say what drives the blood-lust of nations to allow the merciless slaughter of these gentle giants to continue. World opinion is souring on these nations and this act of cruelty. Even many citizens of the offending nations find the killing of whales to be immoral and reprehensible.
Whaling countries face warranted international condemnation. Literally tens of thousands of whales have been killed since the whaling ban was put into effect.
(This topic is covered in more detail in the forth coming Saving Our Oceans.)