Target: Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg
Goal: Stop disobeying the international whaling ban and outlaw whale hunting.
Whale hunting has been banned internationally by all but three countries because of its cruel nature and a lack of demand for whale meat and whale products. The process of whaling involves shooting the majestic animals with rifles and exploding harpoons at sea from an unsteady ship deck. The chances of a clean shot are slim and often the whales suffer for over an hour before finally dying. Despite an international ban on whaling, Norway continues to hunt and kill minke whales in large numbers.
Minke whales are curious, playful animals that are often found approaching boats and keeping up with moving ships. Their playful nature makes them a popular sighting for whale watching groups, as they bob and roll in the boat’s wake.
This year, the Norwegian whale hunters will kill nearly 1,300 minke whales despite new progressive animal welfare laws. Although Norway recently passed a comprehensive Animal Welfare Act, the nation has made no considerations for marine mammals. Moreover, very few Norwegians even eat whale meat, and most agree the process causes undue suffering.
Tell Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg to conform to international regulations and stop Norwegian whaling.
Dear Mr. Stoltenberg,
It is disappointing that Norwegian whalers continue to hunt and kill minke whales in the face of an international whaling ban. Although almost every country in the world has banned the whaling process because its cruelty, Norway has been gradually increasing the number of whales killed each year.
Not only do most Norwegians agree that whaling is inhumane, but less than 1% eat their meat. This year, your country will be responsible for the slow and agonizing death of almost 1,300 whales; a surprising figure for such a progressive country. Your recent Animal Welfare Act protects farm animals from brutal deaths that inflict suffering, but does not protect whales, which often suffer for more than an hour before they are finally put out of their misery.
Please consider extending the protection your country offers to livestock and other animals to marine mammals, like minke whales, and keep them from suffering. Your reputation as a progressive nation is at stake if you continue to support whaling. I urge you to ban whaling and stand with the rest of the world against this terrible industry.
[Your Name Here]
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