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The recent comment from Linda about whaling, Iceland and holiday tours has really put some cats among some pigeons and generated some good comments from regular commenters here.
I’ve had an invitation from one tour company to have a chat at the Bird Fair, a call from the Bird Fair organisers and a report that one tour operator has stopped offering tours to Iceland. Interesting!
My own view on the subject of which countries to visit is that it is difficult to have a firm view – doesn’t sound like me does it? Here is a post I wrote getting on for a year ago which shows the outlines of my thought processes. And note that I spent several weeks in the west of the USA this spring – the home of Trump and where, increasingly, Wolves and Bears are culled.
I am pretty sure that I could come up with a half-convincing argument for why every country on Earth should be on a no-visit list – and that might be the right answer! I find this whole area very difficult.
So, Iceland kills some whales – I disapprove! Strongly I disapprove (partly on the emotional basis of having seen whales in California this June but also on more theoretical intellectual grounds). But not all Icelanders kill whales – or approve of killing whales. So do I visit or not?
And Malta – the Maltese are pretty awful aren’t they? Well, what about the Maltese BirdLife partner which is full of brave conservationists? Should I visit or not? What will I achieve by either behaviour?
I really struggle to work my way cogently through this minefield. Can you help?
I thought Linda’s long and considered comment was quite helpful (and it started with a compliment about this blog which clearly went down well with me). This was someone who had done their homework.
And then it was followed by well-argued comments by Nonnie Mouse and Ben Travers – both, like Linda new commenters on this blog.
I’ve been doing this for long enough to have a twitching nose…
And so I need to tell you that Linda, Ben and Nonnie all have the same IP address which is based in Canada. They appear to be part of a coordinated campaign against wildlife holidays in iceland. I am not going to delete their comments – as I think they are well presented – but you should be aware of this fact when you read their comments.