End Icelandic Whaling Forever
  • Petitioned Gary Locke

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Secretary of Commerce
Gary Locke

End Icelandic Whaling Forever

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      Greenpeace

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July 2011

Victory

As whaling continues to draw increasing criticism from around the world, Iceland is one of the few countries that not only ignores the international moratorium on commercial whaling, but has openly defied it, even though they aren't making any money by hunting whales. Thousands of activists on Change.org joined Greenpeace in urging Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke to employ sanctions against Iceland under the Pelly Amendment.

Less than a week after the annual International Whaling Commission meeting,  U.S. officials announced that they will consider sanctions over Iceland  for violating international conservation rules. Greenpeace writes: "We've done it. US Commerce Secretary Locke has proposed a list of economic sanctions over Iceland for approval. Thanks to all of your support, we are able to get the US to consider a strong stance against whaling." 

Iceland is one of the few countries in the world that doesn't abide by the international moratorium on commercial whaling. They continue to kill whales even though no one is eating them and the companies hunting them aren't making any money.

The US government has been considering using economic sanctions--under what is called the Pelly Amendment -- on fish imports from Iceland if it continues to violate the international moratorium on commercial whaling. Now is the time for them to do it!

Tell Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke to employ sanctions on Iceland now and help end whaling by Iceland forever.

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    1. Victory! US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke proposes sanctions on Iceland

      We've done it. US Commerce Secretary Locke has proposed a list of economic sanctions over Iceland for approval. Thanks to all of your support, we are able to get the US to consider a strong stance against whaling.

      Thanks Everyone!
      -Meena, Greenpeace

    2. Reached 10 signatures
    3. Check out Greenpeace's post behind this campaign: "There’s a freezer in Iceland storing 2,000 tonnes of whale meat that no one wants. And every year they keep packing more into it by killing more whales. It’s completely senseless." Read more:

    4. Reached 250 signatures
    5. Iceland Delays Whale Hunt, Time to End It For Good

      Fin whales living in the waters around Iceland have been given a temporary reprieve from being hunted by humans this summer. Hvalur, the top whaling company in Iceland, has postponed their hunt as a result of the earthquakes and tsunami that hit...

    6. Reached 50 signatures

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      • about 3 years ago

      Yet another folly of man bent on destroying this wonderful planet...

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    • Stacy Ahmad WAUSAU, WI
      • about 3 years ago

      I don't understand that in the year of 2011 that such countries are still whaling, I can see long ago that people needed to harvest whales, but in this day and age what is the point. You don't need to be sitting on your IPAD eating a big chunk of whale blubber....come on people move on with the times. Leave the whales alone and let them live a life of freedom. Whales are beautiful creatures and need to be protected at all costs.

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    • Robyn Blaisdell MAKAWWAO, HI
      • about 3 years ago

      So, if you are not eating whales, and not making any money from killing them, WHY ARE YOU DOING It???????????

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    • matthew west COLUMBUS, GA
      • about 3 years ago

      I won't be supporting Iceland through product purchases or tourism until the whaling ends. Good luck out there.

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    • john drexler AKRON, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      please end this cruel needles barbaric ritual. it is things like this that are shaming mankind into the next century.

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