Stop Commercial Whaling in Iceland!
  • Petitioning Hjálmar W. Hannesson

This petition will be delivered to:

U.S. Ambassador to Iceland
Hjálmar W. Hannesson
Iceland Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture
Jón Bjarnason
U.S. Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission
Ryan Wulff

Stop Commercial Whaling in Iceland!

    1. Petition by

      Save The Whales


Iceland Whaling in Spite of International Protests

U.S. Commerce Secretary, Gary Locke, has urged Iceland to stop their international whale meat trade. He said that they need to join with nations and individuals in global efforts to save the whales. Secretary Locke said, "the United States strongly opposes Iceland's defiance of the commercial whaling ban ... 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 oversight or analysis by the Commission's scientific committee." 

Iceland is blatantly violating international protections for whales and has increased their whale hunt. Endangered whales are being hunted and killed and their meat is being exported. Iceland is therefore violating two major international agreements: the ban on commercial whaling and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) ban on international trade in whale products.


Secretary Locke has indicated that the U.S. is "evaluating potential domestic responses" to Iceland's escalation of their whale hunt. Monica Medina, U.S. Commissioner to the IWC, said Iceland's continued hunt "sends a clear message that Iceland is not interested in cooperative international conservation of whales."


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    Reasons for signing

    • Caitlin Mooney BEL AIR, MD
      • 7 days ago

      animals deserve rights, we as humans are no better than them

    • Meg murray AUSTRALIA
      • 8 days ago

      The exploitation of these beautiful, intelligent animals is not acceptable and is plainly barbaric!

    • emily hepworth LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 14 days ago

      Its sick!

      Nobody in UK or anywhere else EATS their meat! They are beautiful and intelligent beasts that do not deserve to be hunted. They are so rare and one day they will be extinct unless we do something

    • Webb Baker FLETCHER, NC
      • 21 days ago

      IWC has failed to even make a statement about Iceland’s whaling. People interested in keeping the momentum up opposing Iceland's disregard for the IWC moratorium ruling, can contribute to the public pressure as well as enforce the deserved attention toward not buying seafood from companies linked to whaling. Interested people who are opposed to Iceland's blatant disregard can sign a petition on and help keep the momentum growing. Taiji is not the only problem.

    • Webb Baker FLETCHER, NC
      • 21 days ago

      Barbaric. I cannot fathom why IWC has failed to even make a statement about Iceland’s whaling. Public pressure is imperative and must gain higher momentum, as much as Taiji has received. This must stop.


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