Stop Iceland’s Fin Whale Hunt

Target: Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Goal: Demand an end to the slaughter of endangered fin whales.

Owner of Icelandic whaling company HB Grandi, Kristján Loftsson recently launched two whaling vessels, set on a course to hunt down fin whales for their meat.  Iceland has set a quota of 184 fin whales that can be legally killed over the next upcoming months, and that number could potentially devastate a population that the International Union for Conservation of Nature considers to still be endangered.  Iceland should take action by terminating the quota and outlawing whaling altogether.

Iceland broke into the whale meat industry in 2006, joining Norway and Japan in the very short list of countries allowed to hunt whales by way of a gaping loophole.  The demand for whale meat in Iceland is minimal, and the whale meat that is reaped from Loftsson’s hunt will most likely be exported to Japan for both human consumption and as an ingredient in luxury dog treats.

Fin whales are the second largest animals in the world next to the blue whale, and are the loudest animals on Earth.  Still much is to be learned about this species, but the only fact that Loftsson seems to care about is how the meat of fin whales are six times more profitable than the minke whale, the standard stock in the Japanese whale meat market.

Loftsson was once quoted as saying that whales are “just another fish” and in regards to the intelligence of whales, he had this to say: “If they are so intelligent, why don’t they stay outside of Iceland’s territorial waters?” Obviously, this man has no concern for the survival of an entire species, but do you?  Please take action and appeal to Icelandic Prime Minister Gunnlaugsson to ban the practice of commercial whaling.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson,

Please repeal Iceland’s whaling quota that legalizes the killing of 184 fin whales.  Listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the fin whale population is still very vulnerable to any of the damage that fishing corporations like HB Grandi will surely inflict as a result of this quota.

There is still so much about fin whales that is unknown. We do not know where these animals breed, let alone how much a 184 decrease in their population will affect the species overall.  An Icelandic presence in the whaling industry is not worth risking the potential decimation of a species.

Please make the delicate condition of this species a priority, and not the profits of whale meat.  Please abide and uphold the global moratorium on commercial whaling and put an end to the hunt for fin whales.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Lori Mazzuca via Wikimedia Commons

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