Whale Watching in Iceland: Is this what you want to see?

Iceland is one of only three nations — including Norway and Japan — that have chosen to ignore the international moratorium on hunting whales, established in 1986. Hvalur hf’s aging whaling ships use exploding harpoon guns that cause immense pain and suffering to the endangered fin whales before they die. There is no local market for endangered fin whale meat, so it is exported to Japan.

Whale watching in Iceland is a responsible and highly profitable alternative to the whaling industry, and is growing in popularity as people visit Iceland to see these majestic marine mammals swimming free in the oceans where they belong.

Please email or write polite letters voicing your support for Iceland’s whale watching industry and the establishment of a national whale sanctuary in Iceland’s territorial waters:

Katrín Jakobsdóttir
Prime Minister of Iceland
The Prime Minister’s Office
Stjornarradshusid vid Laekjartorg
101 Reykjavik , Iceland

Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson
Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources
Skuggasund 1
101, Reykjavik, Iceland

Icelandic Tourism Board
Geirsgata 9
101 Reykjavík, Iceland

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