Hold Iceland Accountable for Illegal Whaling
  • Petitioned Monica Medina

This petition was delivered to:

U.S. IWC Commissioner
Monica Medina
Secretary of the Interior
Ken Salazar
U.S. Commerce Secretary
Gary Locke
President of the United States

Hold Iceland Accountable for Illegal Whaling

    1. Stephanie Feldstein
    2. Petition by

      Stephanie Feldstein

      Ypsilanti, MI

On November 23, 2010, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke condemned Iceland's decision to escalate their annual whale hunt and international trade in endangered fin whale meat:

“The United States strongly opposes Iceland’s defiance of the commercial whaling ban. We urge Iceland to cease international trade of whale meat and work with the international community to safeguard whale species,” said Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. “It is troubling that Iceland continues to pursue commercial whaling outside the boundaries of the [International Whaling Commission], without member oversight or analysis by the Commission’s scientific committee.”

Iceland is violating the IWC's moratorium on commercial whaling, as well as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) ban on international trade in whale products.

Monica Medina, the U.S. Commissioner to the IWC, said that Iceland's actions "send a clear message that Iceland is not interested in cooperative international conservation of whales."

Under the Pelly Amendment, the U.S. government can take action against a country that is undermining international conservation efforts. Tell Secretary Locke, Commissioner Medina, and President Obama to hold Iceland accountable for violating international agreements and putting whale species at risk.

Photo credit: Lori Mazzuca

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