Stop the killing of endangered fin whales
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“Whales are just another fish for me, an abundant marine resource, nothing else.” - Kristján Loftsson, CEO of Hvalur
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) instituted a global moratorium on commercial whaling. But operators in Japan, Norway, and Iceland openly defy the moratorium, despite international outrage and little demand for whale meat.
Thus, it is quite disappointing to hear that the hunt of the endangered fin whale has been started up again by an Icelandic company - Hvalur, and it pains me that this goes on when THERE IS NO DEMAND IN THE MARKET FOR THE SAME. The only demand stems from Japan, which is trying to cover up its own whale hunting business by ensuring they're not the only ones still violating the global ban on the same by keeping the demand alive. There is currently fin whale meat sitting stockpiled in warehouses, due to the lack of demand. And since interest in whale meat in Japan is also dwindling, as are profits—so there’s no reason for either country to continue the hunts.
Animals feel pain to the same extent that we do, so it is shockingly brutal that these whales are hunted by impaling them with a grenade tipped harpoon and dragging them across the ocean.
The saddest thing about the whole affair is that the Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, is supposedly an environmentalist. If this does not scream dirty politics, I don't know what does.
The year's quota is 200 whales and I urge everyone to sign the petition before there is any more unnecessary loss of marine life.
You can also email the following people expressing your dissent towards the issue.
CEO of Havlur, Kristján Loftsson - firstname.lastname@example.org
CFO of Havlur, Guðmundur Steinbach - email@example.com
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