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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: email@example.com
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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.
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Join the Whalewatch delegation with your signature.
Despite international condemnation, Iceland recently killed three of the worlds's second largest mammal, the fin whale, when it returned to commercial whaling. Its hunt started on 17th October.
"The government of Iceland has clearly got it wrong. The sustainable use of marine resources has nothing to do with killing whales as they are no threat to fish stocks. They government is supporting an outdated, untenable and cruel industry that will ruin Iceland’s international reputation. Iceland will lose more than it can ever gain by killing these whales."
Andy Ottaway, Campaign Whale
Whalewatch is seriously concerned that the 30 minke and 9 fin whales targeted by Iceland will suffer a prolonged and painful death, as there is no guaranteed humane way to kill a whale at sea
Whalewatch is meeting the Ambassadors of Iceland in various countries to discuss this issue and hand over to them the signatures of people who protest against the cruel and unnecessary killing of whales. Give us your backing by signing our petition.
You have until Wednesday 1st November to join our delegation by adding your name to the statement. Do it now!
IMPORTANT Please consider the last two paragraphs carefully, and tick the statements you agree with using the tick boxes.
I join the Whalewatch coalition (a coalition of over 140 Non-Governmental Organisations concerned with the welfare issues associated with modern whaling practices) in expressing my outrage at your government’s recent decision to defy the existing international moratorium on commercial whaling, and set quotas on species considered endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN).
I am aware that members of the public and the whale watching industry in your country also condemn your decision. I also strongly believe what the scientific research shows; that there is no guaranteed humane way to kill a whale at sea, and that killing whales is not just cruel, but also unnecessary.
[Please tick the statements you agree with]
Your government should put more emphasis on supporting its already valuable and growing industry of eco-tourism and whale watching, instead of defending an untenable and outdated industry.
I, like thousands of others, refuse to support your economy by visiting Iceland or by buying Icelandic products until you reconsider your decision and stop the killing of whales.
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This winter the Japanese will attempt to hunt down and slaughter one thousand protected and endangered whales in direct violation of international laws. My job is to work closely with Sea Shepherd captain and crew as co-producer, director, and editor of a documentary that will make "Deadliest Catch" seem like "The Mickey Mouse Club." Real people taking real risks for real reasons is the theme of this voyage. Check out National Geographic's story on last year's campaign. But hold on to your hats, it's intense.
Now here's what we need from you (you knew there was a catch). We greatly overextended our finances during our Hurricane rescue efforts. In order to bring this program to the widest possible audience in the highest quality we must purchase new equipment.
We survive on your support alone and we need it now. We must raise $10,000 before the Sea Shepherd sets sail in December. With that small investment we can shoot on new HD cameras, capture highest quality audio, and actually edit on board. This winter the world will know the truth as they watch the Antarctic whale wars. And you will see the direct results of your generous contribution.
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