The end of Icelandic whaling
|Over 100 endangered fin whales have been slaughtered by Iceland’s whaling industry this summer.|
In the frigid waters off the coast of Iceland, over 100 fin whales have been slaughtered this summer.
But these grim numbers don’t tell the whole story. Iceland’s whaling industry is really on the brink of collapse.
This July, Greenpeace and coalition partners took action to stop shipping companies from transporting whale meat. So many shipping companies pledged not to carry whale meat cargo that not one ounce of whale meat has left Iceland for over a month.
But that’s not enough to stop Kristján Loftsson – the CEO of Iceland’s only whaling company. In order to end whaling for good, we must convince President Obama to target the whaling industry’s remaining allies with economic sanctions. Only then – when Loftsson has no financial support – will the slaughter finally stop.
Two years ago supporters like you pressed President Obama for action on whaling and he responded, placing diplomatic sanctions on Iceland. If we make enough noise we can get the President to step up again.
Tell President Obama to place economic sanctions on the allies of commercial whaling now and put this cruel industry to rest.
It’s getting harder and harder for Kristján Loftsson to sell his gruesome product. Instead, it is filling freezers in Iceland, untouched and unwanted.
People simply can’t stomach whaling anymore. The market for whale meat is already so tiny that much of this year’s kill would have been used for luxury dog food in Japan.
Commercial whaling is a failing industry. But in order to ensure that whaling ships never leave port again, we must do more. With economic sanctions in place, all remaining financial support for whaling will dry up as it becomes unprofitable to do business with whalers – and whales will be saved.
Fin whales are already listed as endangered, as are the humpbacks that Loftsson’s ships will pursue next. Their populations simply can’t stand more of these hunts.
The oceans and the creatures that live within them cannot be at the mercy of a single man’s stubbornness.
This is one of the best moments in decades to take on and end Iceland’s whale slaughter. President Obama has an amazing opportunity to stand up and be a champion for the whales.
For the whales,
- Iceland is Cashing in on Endangered Whale Meat (Op-Ed) (livescience.com)
- More shipping companies refuse to handle whale meat (wildlifenews.co.uk)
- Europe returns fin whale meat to Iceland (icenews.is)
- Mr Loftsson, the lone, obstinate Fin whaler in Iceland, seems to be in trouble. (familysurvivalprotocol.com)
- How President Obama can end Icelandic whaling (greenpeaceblogs.org)
- How Britain’s taste for fish and chips is putting endangered fin whales at risk (environmentaleducationuk.wordpress.com)
- Whale meat return to sender (greenpeace.org)
- Whaling Debate Has Hypocrites All Around – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- A whale of a time (greenpeace.org)
- Whale meat ship returns to Iceland: ‘No one wants it’ (nzherald.co.nz)