Petitioning Stop Commercial Whaling in Iceland
U.S. Ambassador to Iceland, Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture
Petition by Valarie Davis
In 2010, after the slaughter of almost 300 Fin Whales in a two year period, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke finally issued a statement criticizing Iceland for her defiance of the moratorium on commercial whaling imposed by the International Whaling Commission [IWC].
"The United States strongly opposes Iceland’s defiance of the commercial whaling ban. We urge Iceland to cease international trade of whale meat and work with the international community to safeguard whale species.”
This slap on the wrist worked for a couple of seasons however, this May Icelandic millionaire and modern day Captain Ahab wannabe with a very small Moby Dick, Kristjan Loftsson once again ignored the IWC.
Loftsson had his recently refurbished 1950s whaling vessels sailed out of the docks and into the ocean to hunt as many as two hundred Fin Whales. Most disturbingly, the majority of the whale meat is being processed not for human consumption, but sold to Japan to make high-end dog treats.
Loftsson who started in the family whaling business almost 50 years ago when he was just 13 years old is unrepentant. "Whales are just another fish for me, an abundant marine resource, nothing else," he said.
Despite what Loftsson says, whales are neither abundant, nor are they fish. Whales are majestic mammals, and we must stop this horrific practice of egotistical old men hunting them down to feed their meat to dogs – i.e. animals that would just as happily eat their own vomit.
By signing this petition you are telling the people of Iceland that the world is disgusted by the disrespect a minority of Icelanders are showing to earth’s mightiest creatures. The international community must stand firm and end this barbarity today.
Stop Commercial Whaling in Iceland
Hjálmar W. Hannesson, U.S. Ambassador to Iceland
Jón Bjarnason, Iceland Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture
The international community asks that the people of Iceland join us in condemning and banning the abhorrent practice of hunting whales. These hunts are threatening whale populations and have no place in a modern word. Hunts do not protect fish stocks and they are not even commercially viable. They are in fact nothing but sporting adventures for men with no regard for the beauty of our natural world.
The Icelandic people would perhaps do better to further capitalize on their whale-watching industry, which could become an even larger source of revenue for Iceland if tourists were not so put off and disgusted by commercial whaling.