Don’t be a hypocrite. Eat animals, taisty animals! — Or don’t.
Iceland has been getting a fairly large amount of attention over the last couple of days because our government has decided to start hunting whales again after 17 years. Our embassy in the UK has been flooded by angry Brits who are all but happy about this decision. Now, I think this move by my government is a mistake. Not that I’m against whaling, I think we should have the right to hunt whales.
I’m against it because there is no market for whale meat in the world, except maybe in Japan and it’s not clear at this stage if exporting the meat there is even an option. I think Iceland would be much better off to focus on whale-watching because that would at least make us some money.
[O]bviously, it is extremely difficult to compare the whale’s relatively short-lasting, but intense pain when being killed, with the other more long-lasting but less intense forms of suffering experienced in cattle farming. Personally, I have no problems in making such a comparison. The conclusion of this comparison is that I would rather be a minke whale living in freedom until the final few minutes of pain, than a… pig or hen…
– Peter Sandøe, leader of the Danish Ethical Council concerning Animals