Iceland to End Commercial Whaling Officially in 2024
Good news! One of the last remaining countries that still allows for commercial whaling, has committed to ending the practice by 2024. Iceland will no longer allow whale hunting, leaving only Norway and Japan as the countries that permit it.
Iceland's whale quotas have been vastly underfilled for the last three years, having only one whale being officially hunted. The main cause for Iceland's decision is simply lack of demand. Unfortunately Japan has withdrawn from the International Whaling Commission as of 2019 and returned to commercial whaling. Most of the demand for the meat comes from Japan itself and thus makes foreign whale meat far more expensive. Motivation aside, whales should take some solace in the fact that the world is down to only two whale hunting nations, and hopefully local tastes change with time.