Although both fin and minke whales are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, Iceland, Norway and Japan have officially objected to the listing, exempting them from the ban.
So, whale hunting in Iceland is not illegal then.
Iceland’s outgoing Government last year increased its quota of fin whales from 9 to 150. Expectations that the new Government would reduce this were dashed in June when the quotas of both fin and minke whales were increased to 200 animals a year.
So, hunting up to 200 whales of each species a year in Icelandic waters is not illegal then.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, joined by 25 nations including the US, sent a formal diplomatic protest to Iceland about the illegal hunting, which has killed 125 fin and 79 minke whales this season.
So what\’s this crap about hunting whales in Icelandic waters being illegal then?
It can be all sorts of things: silly, wasteful, immoral, something we don\’t like, but it ain\’t illegal under either international or national law, so what gives?