Taking tourists out to go whale watching produces much more revenue for coastal communities than hunting whales for food. So why do some countries still hunt these intelligent mammals down?

A report from a meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) shows that the whale watching industry is now worth over two billion dollars a year worldwide. Despite this, Iceland (which wants to expand its tourist industry) recently announced a major expansion of its whale hunts, with the aim of killing 250 whales this year.

In BBC News, Richard Black quotes the IWC’s Patrick Ramage as saying, “Whales are worth far more alive than dead.”

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