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Urge President Obama to Impose Trade Sanctions on Icelandic Whaling Companies

June 5, 2013
Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Please click HERE to send letter

Background | Source Animal Welfare Institute

Dear Humanitarian,

Iceland, which already kills minke whales for profit, is poised to resume hunting endangered fin whales as well. Please join us in asking President Obama to impose trade sanctions on Icelandic whaling companies.

Since Iceland resumed commercial whaling in 2003—in defiance of an international ban—its whalers have killed 496 minke whales and 280 endangered fin whales, and exported over 2,800 metric tons of whale products to Japan. Although Iceland did not hunt fin whales in 2011 and 2012, Kristján Loftsson—head of the Hvalur whaling company and chairman of the board of HB Grandi, one of Iceland’s largest fishing companies—has announced plans to kill as many as 184 fin whales this summer, starting in early June. The hunt will produce thousands of tons of whale meat and blubber. Most will be shipped to Japan, where AWI recently found whale meat on sale as dog treats.

A powerful U.S. law called the “Pelly Amendment to the Fisherman’s Protective Act” authorizes the president to prohibit the importation of products from countries that allow fishing operations that are determined by the secretary of commerce to diminish the effectiveness of an international fishery conservation program. The International Whaling Commission (IWC) treaty is such a program.

In response to a 2010 petition from AWI and other groups, the secretary of commerce certified to the president that Iceland was indeed undermining the IWC treaty by its continued whaling. President Obama responded in September 2011 by rebuking Iceland, saying that its “actions threaten the conservation status of an endangered species and undermine multilateral efforts to ensure greater worldwide protection for whales. At that time, the president issued a series of directives to cabinet secretaries and heads of government agencies to take steps aimed at compelling Iceland to cease its commercial whaling activities.

What You Can Do:

With fin whaling about to resume, the president’s previous efforts have clearly not had the desired effect. Please write to President Obama and urge him to take a tougher stance by issuing trade sanctions against Icelandic Whaling Companies until Iceland abandons its commercial whaling program. Send your letter by filling out the form HERE.

wails of whales
This is where we always swam
Before big ships filled with little man
Before sharp things thrown in our way
We swam, we lived, we ate, we played

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2013 12:46 pm

    Reblogged this on Sherlockian's Blog.


  2. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    June 5, 2013 1:50 pm

    whales of whales
    This is where we always swam
    Before big ships filled with little man
    Before sharp things thrown in our way
    We swam, we lived, we ate, we played


  3. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    June 5, 2013 1:52 pm

    correction: title of poem is wails of whales


  4. June 5, 2013 3:21 pm

    Truly great poem Karen and that painting is to die for!!
    Signed the petition and shared in several places thanks but honestly my minds still on the puppy who had his legs cut off i just cant shake it


  5. June 7, 2013 12:30 pm

    Reblogged this on Carinas space and commented:
    Take action here:


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