Actor Chris Hemsworth Speaks Out Against The Whaling Industry, Calls It “Completely Unnecessary”

In an interview with BBC breakfast television, Chris Hemsworth shared his opinion on the lewdness of the whaling industry and why it needs to stop.

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Remember when, in November, the hacktivist group Anonymous shut down five of Iceland’s government websites for continuing to support the whaling industry? They did so because the brutal practice, which is continues in Japan, Norway, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands, contributes to the death of approximately 16,000 whales each year, and is even pushing the Blue Whale to the brink of extinction. 

Japanese whalers claim that their activities are conducted for “scientific research” purposes, but not one peer-reviewed paper has ever been published as a result of their expeditions. To make matters worse, the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled in 2014 that Japan must stop hunting whales in Antarctic waters, but the poaching continues.

In addition, yearly whale hunts continue to take place in the Faroe Islands, and despite the fact that only about 5% of Icelanders eat whale meat, the national hunt goes on.

Sickened by the industry and the seeming lack of common sense, many have been spurred to impart their two cents on the matter. One such individual is Chris Hemsworth.

The actor, who is best known for his roles in Thor and The Avengers, condemned the practice of modern-day whaling, describing it as “completely unnecessary” in an interview with BBC Breakfast television. 

He was discussing his new film, In The Heart of the Sea, which is based on the true story of the 19th-century whaling ship, the Essex and the fate of its crew after the ship was sunk by a sperm whale.

The topic prompted a conversation on the controversial whaling industry, which is why he shared his opinion that it needs to stop.

As has been stated before, it is important when celebrity figures speak out about topics that matter, because it’s their status that encourages awareness about the particular issue and, in effect, prompts the public to change its perception.

At present, every creature could use the support of a conscious human collective. The Earth is so riddled with plastic, researchers estimate that 99% of birds will have plastic in their guts by the year 2050.

A lot of that plastic pollution (270,000 tons, to be precise) ends up in oceans, which can cause whales to starve to death after they ingest it.

Raising awareness about the whaling industry and living as an eco-friendly, conscious consumer will help change the fate of millions of land and sea creatures.

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