World Society for the Protection of Animals

World Society for the Protection of Animals

October 19, 2006 11:29 ET

Iceland cold on cruelty as it returns to whaling

Attention: Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, World News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 19, 2006) - Iceland's resumption of commercial whaling in defiance of a 20-year-old international whaling ban shows a blatant disregard for the cruelty of modern whaling, according to a coalition of more than 140 animal welfare organizations in over 55 countries.

Despite Iceland's Ministry of Fisheries stating the planned catches will only involve abundant stocks and are linked to Iceland's overall policy of sustainable utilization of marine resources, its hunt quota for 2006/2007 includes nine endangered fin whales.

In recent years Iceland has also refused to submit any data on whale killing methods and times to death to the International Whaling Commission (IWC), claiming its whaling operations are too small for the data to be of value.

"Regardless of the nature, size or sustainability of its whaling operation the indisputable fact is that whaling is both unnecessary and cruel," said Virág Kaufer, Campaigns Manager for the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) on behalf of Whalewatch.

She added that Whalewatch also believes there is a real fear Iceland will try to expand its sale of whale meat to other countries which would be against the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) that banned the international trade in all fin and minke whale products.

Contact Information

  • Celecia Partap, Media Manager, WSPA
    Primary Phone: 416-526-4743
    Secondary Phone: 416-369-0044 ext. 106