Target: Dr. Simon Brockington, Secretary of the International Whaling Commission
Goal: Stop countries in the International Whaling Commission from participating in commercial whaling
Despite the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) ban of commercial whaling in 1986, commercial whaling is still a problem on Earth’s oceans that threatens many different species of whale.
Japan, Norway, and Iceland are the three countries that continue to hunt whales for business. These countries kill 2,000 whales collectively each year and together are responsible for the death of over 30,000 since the IWC ban in 1986. These countries use loopholes to remain part of the IWC while continuing their whaling enterprises. Japan claims to hunt whales for scientific research, while Iceland and Norway simply object to the specific prohibition on commercial whaling.
Whaling is an unsustainable and cruel business. The whaling industry is in decline after the IWC’s ban. Demand for whale meat and oil products has diminished, making this business venture questionable at best. Whaling is also a very inhumane practice. Due to the massive size of whales, current methods for killing whales are often messy and result in the whales feeling a great deal of pain before death. This practice is clearly inhumane yet continues despite the fact that it is illegal.
By signing the petition below, you will urge Secretary of the International Whaling Commission Dr. Simon Brockington to put pressure on Japan, Norway, and Iceland to stop their cruel whale hunting once and for all.
Dear Dr. Simon Brockington,
Illegal whaling has become a serious problem in the oceans of our world. As you know, the IWC banned commercial whaling in 1986. However, there are countries that are still participating in the cruel business.
These members of the IWC, Japan, Norway, and Iceland, continue to hunt whales commercially through loopholes in the system. These countries are responsible for killing 2,000 whales per year between the three nations. Since the ban in 1986, over 30,000 whales have been killed due to commercial whaling. This barbaric and illegal activity must come to an end.
I urge you to put a great amount of pressure on Japan, Norway, and Iceland to stop their inhumane practice of commercial whaling or risk expulsion from the IWC, or worse. Please use all of your influence as IWC Secretary to ensure that these countries are brought to justice.
[Your Name Here]
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