Target: Elisabeth Aspaker, Minister of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs
Goal: Stop hunting whales simply to use as feed in fur industry because of the low demand for whale meat.
Whale meat is in such low demand in Norway that it is ending up as feed for animals on fur farms, yet the cruel practice of whale hunting continues in the country. According to a new study by the Environmental Investigation Agency and the Animal Welfare Institute, more than 113 metric tons of minke whale products were bought by the largest manufacturer of feed for animals in Norway’s fur industry.
Norway is one of only three countries that still have a whaling industry, and the government has claimed the practice needs to continue because whale meat is an important food source for people. Clearly, this is not the case if so much whale meat is being used as animal feed. Consumption of whale meat in Norway has been steadily declining, and as a result the country has increased its exports to Japan despite an international ban on the trade. Yet even Japan has rejected the whale meat in the past due to high levels of toxic pesticides.
The Norwegian government can no longer defend the whaling industry by citing the need for whale meat. Evidence of the decreasing demand is clear from the amount of whale products being exported, and the new discovery of its use as animal feed for the fur industry is the final proof. Continuing whale hunts despite the obvious low demand for whale meat would be both inhumane and unnecessary. Sign the petition below to urge the Norwegian government to withdraw its support of the whaling industry in light of this new evidence and to end the harmful practice of hunting and killing minke whales.
Dear Minister Aspaker,
The Norwegian government has claimed in the past that the whaling industry is necessary because whale meat is an important food source for the country’s people. Yet new evidence has shown that whale meat is in such low demand that it is ending up in the feed manufactured for animals on fur farms. Given the decreasing demand for whale meat, it would be both cruel and unnecessary to continue hunting and killing minke whales in Norway.
According to a document released by the Environmental Investigation Agency and the Animal Welfare Institute, more than 113 metric tons of minke whale products were used by Rogaland Pelsdyrfôrlaget, the largest manufacturer of animal feed for Norway’s fur industry. There has also been an increase in the exportation of whale meat to Japan, despite an international ban.
I am urging you to withdraw your support of the whaling industry in response to this new evidence of the low demand for whale meat. Please take action to end the inhumane and unnecessary practice of whale hunting in Norway, and join the many other countries that have already outlawed the whaling industry.
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Photo Credit: Patrick Müller