In 2003, Iceland announced plans to kill 500 fin, sei and minke whales over two years for so-called ‘research’. In October 2006, Iceland announced the resumption of commercial whaling .
As of January 2007, Icelandic whalers have killed 7 endangered fin whales and a minke whale. They plan to kill a further 2 fin and 69 minkes this year, for profit. Iceland, like Norway, claim whales must be culled because they eat fish. This is nonsense. Human over-fishing is destroying fish stocks, not whales.
The biggest markets for Icelandic fish and prawns are the UK, EU and US. Do you want to buy seafood tainted by whale slaughter? If these countries can't sell their seafood then there's no point in killing whales. So let's show Iceland whaling is bad for business!
Please see our 'don't buy your fish from whale killers' section for details on how you can help our campaign to stop Iceland's whaling
Iceland was the first nation to begin a so-called ‘scientific’ whaling programme in 1986 defying the IWC whaling ban and selling or smuggling most of the meat to Japan. Japan of course, followed Iceland’s lead and began ‘scientific’ whaling in 1987. However, following sustained international pressure, including a boycott campaign against Icelandic fish products in the US, UK and Germany, Iceland stopped ‘scientific’ whaling in 1989 and walked out of the IWC in protest at the continuing moratorium in 1992.
The IWC has repeatedly passed resolutions condemning ‘scientific’ whaling and calling for whales to be studied by non-lethal means. . However, Iceland claims that whales are a threat to fish stocks when it is clear that human over-fishing is to blame for plumeting global fishstocks.
Iceland's whaling company owner has announced he intends to sell the whale meat to Japan. There is little demand for whale meat in Iceland. Meanwhile, Iceland has a rapidly growing whale-watching industry that clearly demonstrates that whales are worth far more alive than dead. However, the Icelandic authorities say they can have a watch-watching and a whaling industry. We have to convince them that they will lose more than can ever be gained by killing these whales.
How you can help:
Please protest to the Icelandic Embassy in your country today. If you do not know the address visit their website at www.iceland.org. Below are contact details of the US, UK and German Embassies.
Please tell the Ambassador you want Iceland to:
Please see our 'don't buy your fish from whale killers' campaign section for further detailsThe Ambassador
Sverrir Haukur Gunnlaugsson
Some helpful points you can use in your letter, fax ‘phone call or email:
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