Stop Iceland killing endangered Fin Whales!
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I’m Isabella, I’m 15, and I’ve always loved whales - they are highly intelligent, sentient beings critical to the health of our oceans. I was devastated when I heard that Iceland are hunting the endangered fin whales. That’s why I’m now calling on the UK government to urgently raise the issue with Iceland.
The hunt may be taking place in Icelandic waters but the fin whales are highly migratory - which means that the whales now being targeted could be the same animals that have been spotted in Ireland or off the Cornish coast. Just last week two fin whales were spotted at Inverness.
Iceland began their hunt in June, aiming to kill over 200 whales for meat. That means right now their fishermen are out killing these majestic animals, even though there’s been an international ban on whale hunting since 1986.
Fin whales are the second largest animal on earth. They prevent species overpopulation, regulate food systems and help ocean carbon absorption that could be key to fighting climate change. We can’t just stand by and let them be killed!
In recent years, Iceland has become a prime global tourist destination, praised for excellence in social, economic and environmental sustainability. 1 in 5 tourists there go whale watching. This had always been a dream of mine too, but I will not go until Iceland bans whale hunting permanently. Until this happens, I will spend my tourism money in countries that protect wildlife, not those that slaughter it.
We must do everything and anything in our power to protect these magnificent creatures. Our government has a duty to raise this issue with Iceland and if enough of us sign this petition we can send out a message that we will not accept the whale hunting to continue and we want it banned permanently.
The whale hunting is happening right now, so we need to act quickly! Please sign!
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