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.
- Secretary of Commerce
I urge you to certify under the Pelly Amendment that Iceland is diminishing the effectiveness of both the IWC and CITES, and to encourage President Obama to impose trade sanctions.
Diplomatic efforts to negotiate with Iceland have not worked. It is time for the U.S. to take stronger steps to put an end to Iceland's expanding commercial whaling program and international trade in whale products.
Taking these actions against Iceland will provide the U.S. with the opportunity to demonstrate the kind of leadership on whale protection that the public demands.
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