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Iceland's whales have traditionally ended up as steaks on a plate.The activists nevertheless concede that it is still better to pester the whales than to slaughter them.Icelanders themselves consume little whale meat. So the country's whale hunt is primarily aimed at satisfying demand from tourists, with more than 2 million people expected to visit the island this year.IP-Utgerd Ltd., the Icelandic company specializing in hunting minkes, harpooned 17 whales in 2017, down from 46 in 2016 and 52 in 2012 .Together, whale hunting and whale watching reel in revenues of about 100 million euros ($117 million) a year, in a country where gross domestic product ticked in at 20 billion euros in 2016 .According to the Ice Whale Association, whale watching is believed to bring in around 3 billion kronor ($28.5 million) per year.Tourists to Iceland are eating less whale meat than before.
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