Force Icelandic Whaling Company to Stop Hunting Whales

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Target: Kristján Loftsson, CEO of Hvalur, Iceland’s only whaling company

Goal: Demand Kristján Loftsson cease the illegal hunting of fin whales

Commercial whaling has been illegal since the 1982 global moratorium, sponsored by the International Whaling Commission. However, Kristján Loftsson and his whaling company Hvalur have consistently flaunted international regulation and continued to target endangered fin whales for the sale of their meat, blubber, and oil. The second largest animal in the world, fin whales are renowned for their sleek shape and great size. For the past two years Hvalur has refrained from whaling, but in early May the company announced its decision to return to the hunt, hoping to profit from the growing whale meat market in Japan. Hvalur must be stopped to protect this important endangered species.

This is not Hvalur’s first transgression. The company’s previous illegal whaling history can be traced back to 1986, when it illegally hunted undersized fin and sei whales for “research purposes.” Research whaling under a quota is permissible as long as whale byproducts remain within the country, but up to 77% of the whale meat hunted by Hvalur for “research” was exported to Japan for consumption. Worse, Loftsson has kept mum about the profits gained from whaling, leading many to question whether there is any economic profit in whaling or if Loftsson is merely pursuing a needless and extremely cruel hobby. Beginning in June, Hvalur plans to kill at least 154 fin whales.

Fortunately, the tide seems to be turning against Hvalur, even within Iceland. When Hvalur announced its plans to resume whaling in early May, several tourism and animal welfare organizations as well as one newspaper condemned Hvalur’s undertakings. The international community has threatened economic sanctions if illegal whaling continues, and many Icelanders resent Loftsson’s blatant disregard of whaling regulation that threatens Iceland’s international interests as well as the gentle giants he hunts. By signing this position, you will demand that Loftsson renounce his decision to needlessly and illegally prey upon fin whales and hurt Iceland’s international image.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Mr. Loftsson,

I demand that you abandon your continued efforts to illegally hunt fin whales, efforts that are incontrovertibly against the 1982 International Whaling Commission moratorium on commercial whaling. Your company has consistently flaunted international regulation and continued hunting and selling the byproducts of these endangered animals despite previous sanctions against your company and your country.

Whaling is not only illegal, but entirely unnecessary. In today’s increasingly globalized world, Iceland and Japan are no longer dependent on whales for food or fuel. Your actions are thoroughly unwarranted and unjustified. I demand that you renounce your abominable hobby and reverse your decision to hunt fin whales — creatures that are as endangered as they are magnificent. Your own nation seeks to distance itself from your despicable actions to destroy internationally protected whales, for fear of global sanctions because of your selfish and illegal enterprises. Abandon your plans to continue whaling immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. THIS HAS GOT TO STOP…THESE ARE TRULY THE LAST OF OUR DINOSAURS LEFT ON THE PLANET! I ENCOURAGE “EVERYONE TO BECOME AN ACTIVIST FOR ALL GOD’S PRECIOUS LIFE FORMS! PLEASE, SIGN “ANY” ANIMAL PETITION…ONE VOICE IS A WHISPER, MANY ARE A ROAR!

  2. I think that if everyone would stop worrying so much about what everyone else is doing they might just get enough time to look around and see what they and there own country are doing and realize that everything they are advocating is making them look like the biggest hypocrites in the world . If are going to sign that is fine but please then take the time to create and sign petitions on your wrong doings first. I think that if you want to point a finger start by fixing all your problems that kill more whales and dolphins and marine wildlife then Iceland will ever do . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exxon_Valdez_oil_spill

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_oil_spills

    http://business-ethics.com/2013/05/28/1747the-gulf-of-mexico-three-years-after-bp-oil-spil/

    http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/features/the-things-bp-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about-the-gulf-of-mexico-oil-spill-232970.html

    http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20130417/NEWS01/304170016/Group-Sonic-blasts-planned-off-Brevard-could-kill-dolphins-whales?nclick_check=1

    http://www.orcanetwork.org/news/shoup.html

    and the list could carry on for a very long time , the fact of the matter is that whale hunting creates jobs and currency for the country and is done under the supervision of the government. Today the whale industry supplies about as much income as the tourist whale boats do so if you want to make a difference come and take a tour and as soon as the whale tourist industry brings more currency to the country then the hunting , they will stop it .

  3. “Your company has consistently flaunted international regulation and continued hunting and selling …”

    “Whaling is not only illegal…”

    ” …incontrovertibly against the 1982 International Whaling Commission moratorium on commercial whaling.”
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    Whaling under objection to the moratorium is a recognized form of legal whaling that conforms to international regulation; specifically, to the terms of the ICRW Treaty which the IWC itself is legally bound to follow.

    Selling of such products is also in accordance with terms of international regulation such as CITES which allows for trade, even of Appendix I listed animals, provided that the parties have lodged a reservation for that species in accordance with the terms of that treaty.

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