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Tell the Icelandic government to ban whaling

January 11, 2014

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

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Source Sunset DailyIFAW
By Don Lichterman

Sadly our planet’s whales face more threats today than ever before, including the cruelty of commercial whaling. There is no humane way to kill a whale and little market for whale meat. Despite this, the Icelandic government issued new quotas for hundreds of minke whales and endangered fin whales to be harpooned annually for the next five years.

Can you take a moment to help protect whales?

I’m sure you agree that commercial whaling has no place in the 21st century. Responsible whale watching is a cruelty-free and profitable alternative to the cruelty of whaling.

Please send a message to the Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture asking him to cancel these quotas immediately and call an end to whaling in Iceland once and for all.

Because we know that you care about future generations of whales, we have worked alongside Icelandic whale watch operators for many years to promote responsible whale watching. Iceland is one of Europe’s top destinations for whale watching and last year attracted 175,000 whale watchers.

By contrast, recent Gallup polling, that we commissioned, found just 3 percent of Icelanders have bought whale meat six times or more in the last 12 months. The survey also revealed 75 percent of Icelanders never buy the meat, with women and young adults even less likely to buy whale meat.

Whaling damages Iceland’s reputation, attracting criticism at home and abroad. In summer 2013, both ports and carriers in Europe publicly rejected the whale meat trade when containers opened at ports in Rotterdam and Hamburg were returned to Iceland and met with public protests at the killing of whales for products such as dog food.

Despite this, the latest whaling quotas allow 229 minke whales and 154 fin whales to be slaughtered every year for five years.

Please join me in calling on the Icelandic government to stop supporting the efforts of Iceland’s whaling crusader, businessman Kristjan Loftsson, and a few others, and instead halt this cruel, outdated and uneconomic practice.

Thank you for your support for whales.

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the sea

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

12 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    January 11, 2014 1:03 pm

    the sea

    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.


    • January 11, 2014 1:04 pm

      Wonderful, and beautiful picture. Thank you, wonderful poet.


      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        January 11, 2014 1:11 pm

        you are so very welcome, stacey and thank you!


  2. January 11, 2014 2:07 pm

    Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".


  3. karin nelson permalink
    January 11, 2014 3:52 pm

    Admin. – Could you check this petition and make a change please. I can choose Canada for a country but I only have a choice of U.S. states…


    • January 11, 2014 4:25 pm

      I’m sorry, Karin, I have no access to edit the petition. Could you please try again? Thank you,


    • January 11, 2014 4:41 pm

      Yeah, that really is a problem. I have sent an email asking for clarification. I tried to sign it with my other email, and I selected Canada and just a random state and it went through.


  4. narhvalur permalink
    January 11, 2014 9:38 pm

    Reblogga detta på Ann Novek–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors.


  5. January 11, 2014 9:52 pm



  6. January 12, 2014 6:36 am

    Message sent.


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