EMAIL Campaign to STOP Icelandic whaling!
UPDATE (Feb 2014)! The United States Department of the Interior formally certified that Iceland is undermining the effectiveness of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Icelandic whalers annually hunt protected minke whales and endangered fin whales in defiance of an international moratorium on all commercial whaling.
IN 1986 the International Whaling Commission enacted a moratorium on commercial whaling to protect endangered species from industrial exploitation!
THREE nations choose to violate the whaling ban: Iceland, Norway, and Japan.
In 2011, the United States Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, formally certified that Iceland is guilty of subverting international conservation efforts under the Pelly Amendment to the Fishermen's Protective Act.
The Pelly Amendment to the Fisherman's Protective Act was enacted in 1971 to conserve Atlantic salmon. The Pelly Amendment grants the President discretion to prohibit the importation of fish or fish products originating in a country that is diminishing the effectiveness of an international fishery conservation program. The Packwood-Magnuson Amendment of 1979, an amendment to the Fishery Conservation and Management Act (FCMA), allows the President to impose trade sanctions pursuant to the Pelly Amendment if a country is diminishing the effectiveness of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.
Now U.S. Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell, agrees that, "Iceland's whaling activities undermine these worldwide efforts to conserve whales."
Many conservation organizations sought trade sanctions against Iceland under U.S. domestic law because of Iceland's ongoing destruction of endangered Fin whales.
After a massive public outcry, the President of the United States directed officials to encourage an end to Icelandic whaling through diplomatic pressure.
Predictably, Iceland continues to kill whales.
As a result, calls for economic sanctions against Iceland have been renewed!
YOU CAN HELP TO STOP ICELANDIC WHALING!
Write to President Obama!
Ask the U.S. President to enact economic sanctions against Icelandic marine products (under the 1971 Pelly Amendment to the Fisherman's Protective Act and 1979 Packwood-Magnuson Amendment to the Fishery Conservation and Management Act) until the commercial slaughter of whales, especially endangered species, is stopped!
FILL OUT THE FORM!
Here are a few simple things you can do to make sure your message gets to the White House as quickly as possible.
1. If possible, use email! This is the fastest way to get your message to President Obama.
2. If you write a letter, please consider typing it on an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper. If you hand-write your letter, please consider using pen and writing as neatly as possible.
3. Please include your return address on your letter as well as your envelope. If you have an email address, please consider including that as well.
4. And finally, be sure to include the full address of the White House to make sure your message gets through as quickly and directly as possible:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Visitors Office: 202-456-2121
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