Target: Sigrún Magnúsdóttir, Iceland’s Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources
Goal: Stop killing endangered fin whales in Iceland.
Iceland hunts whales for commercial gain and defies the International Whaling Commission (IWC) by hunting medium and large whales for profit, including the endangered fin whale. Icelandic whalers kill the fin whale using harpoons that first penetrate and then explode. This inhumane practice must be stopped to protect this suffering species.
Fin whales are the second largest mammal on the planet, after blue whales, and are only hunted by Iceland. Every year, the Icelandic government establishes the “sustainable” kill numbers for minke and endangered fin whales. The government ignores the IWC’s 46 fin whale “sustainable” kill limit and, instead, allows a quota of 154 fin whales to be killed each year.
Unfortunately, according to the documentary “Breach,” Iceland’s population is simply not educated on the importance of protecting their whales. In fact, they are convinced by one corporation, Hvalur, that killing these whales is a proud and nationalistic Iceland tradition. Despite fin whale meat being unpopular, Hvalur still continues to try and sell its product to Japan and has even tried to cut their huge economic losses by adding whale to beer and dog food. We need to act now and tell Iceland to stop Hvalur and similar companies from killing the precious and endangered fin whale.
Dear Minister Magnúsdóttir,
Every year, tourists from around the world flock to Iceland to admire the unmatched beauty. One of the principle attractions is whale watching, where tourists can see wildlife like the fin whale, the second largest mammal in the world. Unfortunately, however, the fin whale is endangered and Iceland is failing to protect it.
It is sad to admit that Iceland’s whaling industry is to blame for shamelessly killing this incredible animal. Killing fin whales has no profitable economic justification nor is it a favored food resource for locals or tourists. Iceland’s Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources has a responsibility to end the purposeless whaling done by companies like Hvalur that only kill the whales to pursue failing economic gains.
The fin whale is an irreplaceable asset to Iceland’s environment. I demand that you take action against Hvalur and similar companies to stop whaling to protect the endangered fin whale before it’s too late.
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Photo Credit: Ragnar Axelsson