Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Commend President Obama for ending whaling in Iceland
For decades, Iceland has refused to stop whaling despite increasing international criticism. Recently, President Obama decided to take action, stating that Iceland is in direct violation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. In other words, Iceland has knowingly slaughtered hundreds of endangered whales for nothing more than profit.
Icelanders eat very little of the whale meat they capture, favoring the practice of export to tourists and Japan — where whale meat is considered a great delicacy and is even used to make dog food. Though the demand for whale meat is rapidly declining, mostly due to the efforts of animal rights activists, Iceland shows no signs of slowing down its active annihilation. The Icelandic government issued a statement that announced a plan to increase whaling by six percent — that’s about 13 more whales than the already outrageous 300-whales-a-year quota.
Because of Iceland’s brutality, countless whale breeds have been driven to extinction; the most notable being the minke whale. The smallest of the baleen whale breed, minke whales already face challenging environments due to pollution, climate change and an increase of entanglement in fishing nets. Now, they have to worry about being hunted and slaughtered.
With this knowledge, President Obama has considered economic sanctions on Iceland, which has been in direct violation of the global moratorium of commercial whaling since 1986. This groundbreaking decision would have a great impact on Iceland’s whaling — bringing the industry to its knees and saving the lives of countless, already suffering, whale breeds.
By signing this petition you’ll thank President Obama for understanding the cruelty and shortsightedness of whaling and commend him for his efforts.
Dear President Obama,
Your recent decision to stop Iceland’s barbaric practice of whaling is a step in the right direction. As we make strides towards the conservation and protection of endangered species, you’ve recognized the terror these animals feel at the hands of inhumanity. For that, your efforts deserve to be applauded.
Not only is whaling cruel and pointless, it is an industry that’s diminishing in popularity and financial gain. The fact that Iceland has engaged in this practice for decades, without punishment, is disheartening. But, your activism and interest will stop the slaughter of virtually extinct whale breeds and keep whale meat out of other industries — especially the dog food industry.
Thank you for your consideration of an economic sanction. Now hundreds of thousands of whales will live freely, without fear of being hunted and butchered.
[Your Name Here]
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