The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is calling for a complete economic boycott of Icelandic products after the country’s announcement extending their illegal commercial whaling campaign into the next five years.
Last year, Iceland killed nine endangered Fin whales. A few months back they began exporting the meat from the endangered whales to Japan, which is a clear violation of international law. This year, they want to kill 150.
“There is a huge surge by the whale killing countries this week,” said Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson. “With Japan, Iceland and Norway flexing their muscles and pushing aggressively for higher quotas and targeting endangered species.”
In 1986, Sea Shepherd notoriously sunk half of Iceland’s whaling fleet while docked at Reykjavik harbor. The group claims the destruction of the ships was the reason the whaling industry in Iceland stalled for 20 years. While they’ve made no mention of plans to do anything similar this time around, they’re clear on their intent to manage a boycott of the whole country.
“We’re going to say to people around the world to not buy Icelandic vodka, sweaters, and fish, to not go as tourists to Iceland and to not use Iceland as a refueling station for private jets.” Watson said.
With a shattered economy and a faltering government, an economic boycott would be more effective than ever. Spread the word.
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Photo Credit: Sea Shepherd
Alex is primarily concerned with animal welfare, wildlife conservation, and environmental justice. As a freelance writer in San Francisco, he leads a deliberately simplistic and thrifty lifestyle, yet still can’t help gawking at the newest green gadgets and zero-emission concept cars.