Breaking: US puts a shot across Iceland’s bow on whaling

It's coming across the wires as I type: President Obama has just announced diplomatic moves against Iceland for its commercial whaling activities. This decision, months in the making, is good news for whales and the overwhelming majority of Americans -- from sea to shining sea and across the political spectrum - who want to see them protected.

It's coming across the wires as I type:  President Obama has just announced diplomatic moves against Iceland for its commercial whaling activities. This decision, months in the making, is good news for whales and the overwhelming majority of Americans -- from sea to shining sea and across the political spectrum - who want to see them protected.

The President has implemented a suite of six diplomatic measures designed to put pressure on Iceland and restricted U.S. agency activities and senior Administration officials' visits to Iceland should it continue its whaling activities.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare has been working for almost a decade to encourage Iceland to put an end to their commercial whaling and, together with other organizations, we have worked hard in recent months to encourage the Obama Administration to implement meaningful measures and urge Iceland to end its killing of minke and fin whales and its efforts to resuscitate the international trade in whale meat.

For the past three months of the northern summer season we have worked with local whale watch operators on the ground in Iceland to produce "Meet Us, Don't Eat Us", a high-profile public awareness campaign designed to promote Icelandic whale watching and discourage visiting tourists from trying whale meat.
Today's statement by President Obama says the United States government will continue to monitor Iceland's whaling activities as will IFAW, and we will be working hard, in Reykjavik, Washington and other capitals worldwide toward a permanent end to the senseless cruelty of commercial whaling!

Today's moves by the United States government are not posturing, and decision makers in Iceland would be wise to take them seriously. Hopefully Icelandic officials will finally recognize the reality their tourism industry has already figured out: The most economically beneficial "use" of whales in the 21st  century is responsible whale watching, which is bringing tremendous economic benefits to coastal communities in Iceland and 118 other countries and  territories worldwide.  Animals and people both do better when whales are seen and not hurt!

To see today's statement and measures implemented by the President click here.

-- PR

Comments: 1

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

Who are The Americans judging they hunt 10x more whale than we do in Alaska.

Good riddance of the USA we will just make friends with the Chinese instead!

Whale meat is a delicious food

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