Another country that favors whaling, Japan, has recently come under intense scrutiny, with conservationists from the group Sea Shepherd following them into the Southern Ocean. Unlike Norway and Iceland, Japan hunts whales on the pretense of "scientific research," though many activists dispute this claim.
Now, many organizations are asking President Obama to punish Iceland for ignoring the moratorium.
"Killing endangered fin whales is not only brutal, it's short-sighted," said Taryn Kiekow Heimer of the NRDC. "Iceland should not be allowed to ignore the fact that, regardless of some temporary financial reward, this practice is simply unsustainable and cruel."