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El gobierno de Islandia ha autorizado la caza de entre 150 y 200 ballenas, saltándose así el tratado internacional para la protección de estos mamíferos acuáticos que en su día firmó. Las ballenas son animales extraordinarios con un gran valor ecológico y biológico. Son un estandarte de la salud de los océanos y una pieza clave en la biodiversidad del planeta. Por diferentes motivos estos animales se hallan en serio peligro de extinción y la caza no hace más que empeorar su situación. Por otra parte su caza está del todo injustificada comercialmente y desde luego bajo la excusa de la investigación científica. Hay que preservar la vida marina y desde luego a criaturas tan asombrosas y sin embargo frágiles como son las ballenas y otros cetáceos. Tenemos el deber moral de ayudarles. Únete a esta causa.

Letter to
Primer Ministro de Islandia Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson
Ministro de Agricultura y Pesca de Islandia . Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson
Directora de la Asociación de la Industria Turística de Islandia Erna Hauksdóttir
To: Prime Minister of Iceland Mr. Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson.
With copies to: Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Minister of Fisheries of Iceland and Agriculture and Erna Hauksdóttir, Director of the Icelandic Tourism Industry Association.

Dear Sir.

I just read the news that your country has recently resumed the whaling activity. I signed this petition on line, first to express my strong opposition to the hunting of any species of sea mammals and second to declare my committment to join an international boycott to Iceland’s economy by refusing to purchase any product made in Iceland and leaving your country out of my vacational destinations as long as this situation may continue.

There is no point in trying to justify whale hunting because is simply false that the economy of any nation in the 21st century may depend on it. Tourism instead, has become a major income source for iceland and supports to an even larger section of the country’s economy. Proof of that is the fact that has been precisely The Icelandic Tourism Association the first to complaint and warn of the consequences that this decision might provoke. As they have pointed, whale sighting trips are a far more sustainable and profitable option than fishing. The undeniable world wide increasing concern with the preservation of oceans and the most endangered species, sea mammals among them, surely enough has an impact on the image and the economies of the few countries that still disobey the international treaty for the protection of whales.

I don’t think that your goverment is, by any means, willing to jeopardize a key part of your present and future economical development, as the tourism industry is, by trying to preserve one that shouldn’t even exist anymore and that is anyway doomed to disappearance.

Sincerly,