Urge President Obama to protect whales by enforcing trade sanctions against Iceland

After months of pressure from WSPA and other groups, the U.S. Department of Commerce has taken action to end Iceland’s whaling activities by threatening economic sanctions. President Obama now has 60 days to decide whether or not to impose these sanctions.

Iceland’s Defiant Whaling Program

According to a domestic law known as the Pelly Amendment, the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Interior can formally identify – or “certify” – a country if it is “diminishing the effectiveness” of global conservation agreements. Once certified, the President can impose sanctions.

In 2010 alone, 148 fin whales and 60 minke whales were slaughtered by Icelandic whalers and more than 750 tons of whale meat and products were exported to Japan – despite global treaties and bans. In March 2011, nearly 290 tons of whale meat were exported, the largest single shipment to Japan since Iceland resumed whaling.

"Modern" whaling methods, such as those used by Iceland's whalers, raise serious animal welfare concerns because it is impossible to humanely kill a whale at sea. The slaughter of whales is inhumane, unnecessary and unsustainable – and it needs to end.

Thank you for your interest in taking action to end the suffering of whales.

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