A collaboration with artist Shreyans Zaveri, OPS’ If Only campaign envisions a world where every whale life matters, humans learn from the mistakes of the past, and commercial whaling in Iceland—and everywhere—is a thing of the past.
Through beautiful and compelling imagery, If Only invites our limitless imagination and hopeful possibilities that can arise from a world that values whales, for their own sake, and ours.
Inspiring action through art and imagery is at the very core of OPS and everything that we do, from our documentary films to our global projection events and impact campaigns.
Unfortunately, commercial whaling still exists in our modern world. Shockingly, more than a thousand whales are killed annually in the primary whaling nations of Iceland, Norway, and Japan, and over 40,000 whales have been killed since the global ban on whaling took effect in 1986. This summer, Iceland killed 148 fin whales.
As if hunting were not enough, whales face a gauntlet of human-generated threats that also endanger their ocean homes, including climate change, commercial fisheries, marine debris and other forms of pollution, and oil and gas exploration—pushing some populations to the brink.
While we oppose whale and dolphin hunts wherever they occur, we have a chance to end whaling in Iceland. The Icelandic Minister of Fisheries, Food and Agriculture has signaled that she is reconsidering the issuance of quotas for hunting fin and minke whales.
Current quotas expire at the end of 2023, and Icelandic authorities will be considering whether whaling will continue in 2024 and beyond.
Recent opinion polls suggest that public support for whaling in Iceland is waning, and over 64% of Icelanders feel that whaling is bad for the country’s reputation.
As a country, Iceland prides itself as being one of the most modern, innovative, and sustainable countries on the planet, and yet continues with an archaic and cruel practice that harms ocean ecosystems.
We have a chance to convince the Minister, and the authorities in Iceland, that NOW is the time to end whaling, forever.
What you can do!
Send a positive message to the Icelandic Directorate of Fisheries and Minister of Food, Trade and Fisheries requesting that authorities DO NOT RENEW whaling quotas for 2024 and beyond.
- Share our campaign film with family and friends and encourage them to act, too.