Jeers to Iceland for resuming its gruesome killing of fin and minke whales after reversing a temporary ban brought on by a government report that proved the hunt violates the country’s so-called animal welfare laws. Most all of the whale meat will continue to be exported to Japan.

Last year in the North Atlantic waters around Iceland, 148 magnificent fin whales—the world’s second largest mammal after the blue whale—were killed by hunters using grenade-tipped harpoons. The island nation resumed slaughtering fin whales in 2006 after a 20-year pause following a moratorium imposed by the International Whaling Commission after some species came close to extinction.

Iceland has only one remaining whaling company, Hvalur, and its license to hunt fin whales expires in 2023. Annual quotas authorize the killing of 209 fin whales and 217 minke whales, one of the smallest species. A decision about Iceland’s whaling quota for the next several years is expected at the end of 2023.

A dwindling market for whale meat means there’s little appetite for the killing; even a majority of Icelanders now favor ending the slaughter once and for all. Iceland, Norway and Japan are the only countries in the world that have continued whale hunting in the face of fierce criticism from environmentalists and animal rights’ defenders. Japan, which is the biggest market for whale meat, resumed commercial whaling in 2019 after a three-decade hiatus.

Use this link to let the Icelandic Tourist Board know you won’t step foot on the island until whale killing ends. No country that slaughters innocent, highly vulnerable whales should be rewarded with tourism dollars. Please be vegan, always.