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Svandís Svavarsdóttir

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Iceland has suspended its whale hunting season – when will it permanently ban it?

Svandís Svavarsdóttir, Iceland's minister of food, agriculture and fisheries announced that Iceland suspends its whale hunting season until the end of August 2023, citing animal welfare concerns.
This decision follows the release of a report that found that 41% of whales targeted in the hunts did not die immediately, but suffered after being harpooned.
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“I have made the decision to temporarily stop whaling in light of the unequivocal opinion of the professional council on animal welfare,” Svavarsdóttir said. “The conditions of the law on animal welfare are inescapable in my mind, if the government and license holders cannot guarantee welfare requirements, this activity does not see a future.”
In 2023, Iceland was set to kill around 200 fin whales, which are considered vulnerable to extinction by the IUCN. Iceland is one of the last 3 countries to continue to hunt whales (along with Japan and Norway).
This suspension is only temporary, but I really hope it signals a future permanent ban on whaling. So this climate love is only to say: Iceland, you can do better and you need to ban whale hunting NOW and forever!
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  • Sarah Chabane

    51 w

    Let's hope it leads to a permanent ban 💚

  • winnie nguru

    51 w

    The ban should made permanent and put in law

    • Marine Stephan

      51 w

      @winnie_nguru yes it definitely should!

    • Joseph Githinji

      52 w

      In as much this sounds appealing going permanent on this ban will go a long way in protecting the whales and other creatures for a better and balanced ecosystem.

      • Lucinda Ramsay

        52 w

        There are a lot of traditions involving animals that dont make sense and should be stopped: whale hunting, bull fighting, cock fighting, hare coursing, dog fighting...they dont need to happen and it's needed for food..just cruel

        • Tabitha Kimani

          52 w

          The ban should be permanent.

          • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

            52 w

            With all the benefits they bring to the ocean ecosystem, i can't understand why whales should be hunted down. This exercise needs to stop completely

            • Munene Mugambi

              52 w

              They shouldn't have been hunting whales in the first place

            • Andy Middleton

              52 w

              It remains hard to believe that anyone wants to continue shooting whales with harpoons and pursuing them mercilessly to their death when there are so few. For what? Tradition needs to change to reflect reality.

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