Why I am against Icelandic whaling

Now ya’ll got a shock, right? =) Yep, that’s right. I’m against whaling in Iceland. Why? Well, it is not because I’m a hippie nor due to I’m a tree hugger. The reason is simple. My analysis is simple; once the economic benefits of hotels, restaurants and other tourist amenities are considered, hunting whales is a net economic loss. This argument is particularly contentious in Iceland, as it has among the most-developed whale-watching operations in the world.

But the most important reason is that the whale-watching business is completely on its own, meanwhile whaling is in need of a considerable amount of state subsidies and subventions otherwise it wouldn’t be able to exist. Furthermore, the meat produced from last year’s hunting season has shown astoundingly hard to get rid off. My friend was buying whale meat on the market in Reykjavik and it was ridiculously cheap. Apparently, they have even been forced to throw away meat that’s rotten.

The reason why whaling still exist in Iceland is only due to that Icelandic fishermen have a huge impact on the Icelandic economy, and as in the case with the notorious farmers in France and the rest of the EU, they know SO well that they can cause so much trouble for the politicians if they won’t give them the state subsidies they want. They are aware of their power and the politicians are, as always, only interested in getting re-elected.

That Icelandic politician, of any political alignment, who dares to fuck with the fishery industry, does not yet exist …


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4 Responses to Why I am against Icelandic whaling

  1. Jake says:

    Agreed, I dont get who is making this whaling stuff profitable. Whale watching seems a much easier way to make a genuine living without needlessly killing whales.

  2. tegis says:

    Well the fishermen have their interest groups, like unions. They bribe and threat the political parties and endorse those who give them subsidies. It’s all a big mess. The whale watching industry is completely free from governmental protection whatsoever.

  3. Lee says:

    Hi, I just stopped by because I have finished Moby Dick and was wondering how much whaling is still going on in the world. What about Japan? Is Iceland the ONLY country still doing whaling?

  4. LEE says:

    Japan and Norway are also countries that whale. Iceland has the smallest whale quota of those three countries. Indigenous groups in a variety of locations, such as in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands hunt whales, but for much different reasons than Iceland, Norway, and Japan. (I am also a Lee, not trying to copy you or anything)

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