This stipulation was in a memo officially presented by a representative of the German Ambassador to Iceland at a meeting with Icelandic officials today.

According to the Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Jón Bjarnason, the Icelandic government is willing to participate in a group working towards reaching a compromise regarding whaling.

The writing is on the wall for the Icelandic whaling industry. In the wake of the crash of the Icelandic economy, Iceland must join the European Union to maintain it’s economy at the standard it has until recently enjoyed. The price for joining will be to end their barbaric whaling practices.

So it appears that the Axis of Whalers will soon be down from three to two, leaving only Norway and Japan as the last two stubborn hold-outs in a world that views whaling as unnecessary, barbaric, cruel, and ecologically destructive.