Whaling resumes in Iceland with strict regulations | The USA Print

Whaling resumes in Iceland with strict regulations | The USA Print

Whaling resumes in Iceland with strict regulations | The USA Print

Iceland’s government lifted the summer suspension on whaling, allowing whaling to resumebut this time with a rigorous set of regulations.

Although Norway and Japan also allow commercial whaling, Iceland is the only one that allows the hunting of larger fin whales. The resumption of whaling is a contentious issue, as opinions among Icelanders vary widely.

The Minister of Fisheries and Food, Svandis Svavarsdottir, acknowledged the change in values ​​among Icelanders over time, but stated that she was bound by a legal framework established by her predecessor.

According to the BBCSvavarsdottir highlighted that Iceland is the latest country to engage in such large-scale whaling.

Naturally, this decision has generated both support and opposition, with concerns about the impact on marine life and the country’s international reputation.

Opposition and defense of whaling in Iceland

Opponents of whaling emphasize concerns for animal welfare and environmental impact. Sigursteinn Masson of the International Fund for Animal Welfare expressed hope that this year will mark the end of whaling in Iceland due to growing government solidarity against the practice.

The resumption of whaling is subject to strict regulations, including several points:

Hunting within 25 meters of the boat
Hunting only in daylight
· Absence of participation of calves
Hunting must respect specific equipment and methods
· Electricity is prohibited.

Despite the opposition of a significant part of the population, many members of parliament are speculated to support whaling. While the Left-Greens party advocates a ban, others see it as a matter of national sovereignty.

Annual quotas allow for the killing of 209 fin whales and 217 smaller minke whales. Conservationists argue that these fees are detrimental to marine ecosystems and the delicate balance of marine life.

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