Rescue the Whales
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While the rest of the world honors the international moratorium on commercial whaling, Iceland exploits it for profits.

Iceland kills endangered whales and they sell the meat to Japan.
That's why I will not visit Iceland.

Please don't visit Iceland, and tell your friends & family not to visit Iceland.

June 25, 2013: That's Why Mums Shouldn't Go to Iceland (Or Dads, Kids... Indeed Anyone) (Huffington Post)
June 20, 2013: Iceland kills first fin whales of season (MSN NZ)
May 28, 2013: Iceland to Resume the Slaughter of Endangered Fin Whales (Sea Shepherd)
May 26, 2013: Iceland to kill rare fin whales for dog snacks (The Sunday Times)

On September 15, 2011, President Obama:
"...directed US government officials to consider the appropriateness of traveling to Iceland."

Whales are beautiful, intelligent creatures. And a majority of the world agrees that whales should not be killed and sold for profits. This agreement has been the status quo for decades. But there are still a few countries like Iceland that defy the international moratorium on commercial whaling. Iceland kills endangered whales and they sell the meat to Japan. It is disturbing enough that Iceland exploits the moratorium for its own profits—now Iceland's tourism board claims "Iceland is one of the ten best destinations worldwide for whale watching." The whales that tourists watch from Iceland are also slaughtered by Iceland and sold to Japan.

Most people are not aware that Iceland kills endangered whales. We aim to change that. If Iceland wants international tourists then it must respect the international moratorium on commercial whaling.

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Iceland Whale Watching

If you're looking for a place to watch whales, you have choices:
Glacier Bay, Alaska...
Near Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada...
Near Monterey Bay, California...
Oceanic Society - San Francisco Whale Tours - S.F. Bay Whale Watching - California Whale Adventures
Santa Cruz Whale Watching - Monterey Bay Whale Watch
Princess Monterey Whale Watching - Randy's Fishing and Whale Watching Trips
...In the Atlantic Ocean...
About 1,000 miles from Lisbon, Portugal...

Recent News

Whale oil to fuel whaling ships is a gruesome and surreal proposition - (February 1, 2013) - "An Icelandic whaler, Kristjan Loftsson, is powering his whaling ships using 'biofuel' composed of 80% diesel - and 20% whale oil."
Iceland to resume hunt of endangered fin whales - (April 27, 2012) - "Conservation and animal welfare groups expressed concern today over news that Iceland's hunt of endangered fin whales will resume this summer..."
Whalers in Iceland Report Catch of 29 Minkes - (August 14, 2012)

Questions and Answers

Where can I read an official statement on this subject?

On November 23, 2010 the U.S. Department of Commerce issued this statement:
Secretary Locke Criticizes Escalation of Icelandic Whaling

Norway and Japan also kill whales, why are we not telling the world about them too?

This is just the first step. Also, keep in mind that unlike Norway and Japan, Iceland is a very small country that would find it difficult to survive without tourists. Iceland needs tourists; a large percentage of their GDP is from tourism. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, "The contribution of Travel & Tourism to [Iceland's] Gross Domestic Product is expected to rise from 14.7% (ISK238.2bn or US$1,984.6mn) in 2010 to 15.1% (ISK419.7bn or US$3,497.8mn) by 2020." Iceland had 232,219 foreign visitors in 1998 — this increased to 502,000 by 2008. When people stop visiting Iceland, the country may begin to understand that the world will not tolerate their exploitation of the international moratorium on commercial whaling.

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