Did Iceland not get the memo, or what?
They just broke a 21-year international moratorium on commercial whaling by killing an endangered fin whale. Last week Iceland announced that it planned to resume commercial whaling (Norway and Japan already are doing it), flouting the ban put in place by the International Whaling Commission in 1985.
Now, they aren’t going to be just harpooning willy-nilly; they will only take in 9 fin whales and 30 minke whales each year. This is in comparison to Norway’s quota of 1052 minke whales per year, and whatever Japan catches for “research” purposes. What’s the point of whaling anymore, really? Any product that was previously taken from whales (meat, oil, whalebone, ambergris, etc) now has a cheap synthetic alternative.
Here’s a cool guide to different whale species. In case you wanted to know what they were skewering.