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11/1/06 -- Cruel Overkill: Stop Icelandic Whaling
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
Tell Iceland to Stop Hunting Whales
http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw/general/default.aspx?oid=474&aid=7623

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
http://wdcs-uk.org/e_campaigns/e_campaigns/campaigns.php?select=campaign12

Government Offices of Iceland: http://government.is/government/

WHAT WHALE KILLING IN ICELAND LOOKS LIKE...

Graphic slide show:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/65099473@N00/sets/72157594339825151/show/

Icelandic Tourism Companies AGAINST Whaling:
http://goecco.com

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CONTACT INFORMATION
SAMPLE LETTER FOLLOWS
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Mr. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland
Office of the President
150 Reykjavik
ph: +354 540-4400; fax: +354 562-4802
email: forseti@forseti.is
website: http://www.iceland.is/government-and-politics/Government/OfficeofthePresident/

Mr. Geir H. Haarde, Prime Minister of Iceland
Prime Minister's Office
Stjornarradshusinu vid Laekjartorg
150 Reykjavik, Iceland
ph: +354 545 8400; fax: +354 562 4014
email: postur@for.stjr.is
web email: http://eng.forsaetisraduneyti.is/Contacts/
website: http://eng.forsaetisraduneyti.is/ministry/ministry

Minister Einar Kristinn Gufinnsson, Minister of Fisheries
The Ministry of Fisheries
Skulagata 4
150 Reykjavik, Iceland
ph: 00 354 545 8300; fax: 00 354 562 1853
email: postur@sjr.stjr.is, einar.kristinn.gudfinnson@sjr.stjr.is, ekg@ekg.is
web email: http://eng.sjavarutvegsraduneyti.is/Enquiry/
website: http://eng.sjavarutvegsraduneyti.is/

Mrs. Valgerur Sverrisdottir, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Raudararstigur 25
IS-150 Reykjavik, Iceland
ph: +354 545-9900; fax: +354 562-2373, 562-2386
email: external@utn.stjr.is, postur@utn.stjr.is
web email: http://www.mfa.is/enquiries/
website: http://www.mfa.is/

Mrs. Jonina Bjartmarz, Minister for the Environment
Ministry for the Environment
Umhverfisrauneyti
Skuggasund 1
IS-150 REYKJAVIK, Island
ph: +354 545 8600; fax: + 354 562 4566
email: postur@environment.is
web email: http://eng.umhverfisraduneyti.is/enquiry/
website: http://eng.umhverfisraduneyti.is/ministry/tasks

Embassy of Iceland in the United States, Washington D.C.
1156 15th Street N.W., Suite 1200 (12th floor)
Washington D.C. 20005-1704
ph: 1-202-265-6653; fax: 1-202-265-6656; email: icemb.wash@utn.stjr.is

CONTACT INFO FOR ICELANDIC EMBASSIES IN OTHER COUNTRIES:
http://www.iceland.org/

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SAMPLE LETTER
Feel free to use portions of our letter, but please add some original
thoughts. Hundreds of identical letters may lessen the impact.
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To: Icelandic Ambassador to the [[COUNTRY YOU LIVE IN]]
To: Mr. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland
To: Mr. Geir H. Haarde, Prime Minister of Iceland
To: Minister Einar Kristinn Gufinnsson, Minister for Fisheries, Iceland
To: Mrs. Valgerur Sverrisdottir, Minister for Foreign Affairs
To: Mrs. Jonina Bjartmarz, Minister for the Environment

Honorable Officials of Iceland:

I am dismayed Iceland has renewed commercial whaling with blatant disrespect
for international conservation law. The Ministry of Fisheries issued permits
to slaughter 30 minke whales and nine fin whales. With the killing underway,
whalers have already butchered their first endangered fin whale.

The decision to pursue commercial whaling and trade can only weaken efforts
to promote Icelandic trade, investments, tourism and cultural exchange.
Personally, I am committed to the worldwide boycott of Icelandic tourism and
commerce until Iceland ceases all whaling activity.

Iceland already exploits the International Whaling Commission's exemption
for "scientific whaling," disguising hunts as "research" to bypass a 1986
ban on whaling for profit. The 2006-07 hunt openly flouts the IWC's
moratorium on marketable whaling.

The international community is appalled by images of whales shot with
combustible harpoons that shred internal organs. A minke whale may suffer
from several minutes to one hour before he dies. Some are left to drown in
agony when the explosive spears misfire.

Why risk political credibility when a Gallup poll shows a mere 1.1% of
Icelanders consume whale meat once or more per week? As Japan and Norway
have learned, both domestic and global markets for meat are nearly inert.

A burgeoning whale watching industry, on the other hand, provides employment
for Icelanders. Environmental organizations and tour operators expect
Icelandic whaling to hinder a lucrative tourist attraction that annually
yields millions of pounds.

Whaling is a superfluous industry that lost momentum with the demise of
whale oil lamps over a century ago. Plainly, it is cruel. Whaling is also
ecologically and scientifically unsound. In 2003, Iceland's "scientific
whaling proposal" to the IWC was deemed "deficient in almost every respect"
and unlikely to produce applicable data. Iceland's present challenge of the
ban on international traffic in fin whales ignores the intent of CITES
(Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and
Flora) to shield whales from trade.

Since Iceland reinstated whaling in 2003, it has failed to submit
documentation depicting how long whales suffer prior to death. It has
neglected to disclose how gear crafted to kill minke whales is reconfigured
to suit fin whales, who weigh-in 12 times heavier.

Please register my firm opposition to Iceland's resumption of commercial
whaling and trade. I thank you for considering my opinion and look forward
to your feedback.

Sincerely,

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