Urge the Acting Assistant Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of International Affairs to stop Iceland’s defiant whaling program by initiating economic sanctions
In December 2010, WSPA and several other groups, on behalf of the WNUS coalition, filed a petition with the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Interior to formally identify – or “certify” – Iceland under the Pelly Amendment, due to the country’s increasing whaling activities. In 2010 alone, Icelandic whalers slaughtered 148 endangered fin whales and 60 minke whales and exported more than 750 tons of whale meat and products – despite global treaties and bans. The slaughter of whales is inhumane, unnecessary, unsustainable and needs to end.
Already, thousands of WSPA supporters have sent messages to the Secretaries of Commerce and Interior to express their support in certifying Iceland. In addition, last month, the U.S. government and 10 other nations delivered a diplomatic letter of protest to the Icelandic government about whaling. The letter expressed “strong opposition to Iceland’s continuing and increased commercial harvest of whales” and “recent international trade in whale products.”
While we’re optimistic that the U.S. will impose economic sanctions on Iceland, it’s still unclear whether direct action will be taken. So we are asking for your help once again. It’s critical that we continue to keep pressure on the U.S. government to ensure that Iceland’s whaling program is stopped – this time by sending a message to Acting Assistant Director, Teiko Saito of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
Thank you for your interest in taking another step to stop Icelandic Whaling.
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