25 July 2011

U.S. claims Iceland is violating the commercial whaling ban

U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has issued a claim that Iceland is violating the International Whaling Commission’s ban on commercial whaling.

As a result of this claim, President Obama has 60 days to decide whether or not to impose economic sanctions against Iceland. Many animal welfare groups around the world are looking to President Obama to take a strong stand against these actions.

Since resuming whaling in 2006, Iceland has killed 280 endangered fin whales and more than 200 minke whales. They have slowly increased their quotas each year exporting 1200 tons of whale blubber, the primary buyer being Japan.

Exported whale blubber has accounted for more than 17 million dollars for Iceland. Susan Millward, Executive Director of Animal Welfare Institute says, “Iceland has now been deservedly identified as a rogue whaling nation."

Please add your voice to others urging President Obama to take a stand for these magnificent creatures. Sign the AWI petition.

John Himmelberger | @johnhimm
John lives in Maryland where he works as a sales manager. John and his wife Eileen’s pursuit to achieve optimum health combined with a desire to send a strong message to factory farming, inspired them to examine what they put into their bodies. Now a vegan, John has great admiration for groups like Farm Sanctuary and hopes to influence others by sharing his positive experiences. Follow John on his blog and Facebook.

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