Anti-Whaling Group Begins Direct Action - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Anti-Whaling Group Begins Direct Action

Published July 1, 2015

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Hard To Port

A group dedicated to ending whaling in Iceland has already kicked off their first operations in Iceland, and have promised to continue take part in more.

The group in question, Hard To Port, is decidedly anti-whaling, and have focused their attention on the Icelandic practice.

Yesterday, the group kayaked out to two vessels who were hunting endangered fin whales. Upon landing the first animal, the group set off flares in the water around the ships, with one of the protesters clambering onto a landed fin whale that was about to be dragged to share. You can watch a video of the event below:

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They have situated themselves near the whale hunting station in Hvalfjörður, and have vowed to continue to take action against whale hunting.

“Unfortunately, instead of being forthcoming with information that is of public interest, Iceland’s government follows the whalers’ motto ‘What happens at sea, stays at sea’,” they write in their statement against whale hunting. “We at Hard To Port believe that unrestricted access to comprehensive and unbiased information about the reality of commercial whaling is absolutely crucial, especially since the vast majority of Icelanders unequivocally express concern for animal welfare. It is simply unacceptable that the Icelandic government keeps the public in the dark about a practice as controversial as commercial whaling.”

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