I thought you might want to see the following message from Pierce Brosnan
about Iceland's illegal practice of killing whales for profit.
The time has come for Iceland to pay a steep price for
its inhumane and illegal slaughter of whales.
But that may only
happen if hundreds of thousands of us speak out now with one powerful voice
that cannot be ignored.
Let me explain. This week, the U.S. Commerce
Secretary formally declared that Iceland is defying the international ban on
That declaration starts the clock ticking on a
60-day period during which President Obama must decide whether or not to
impose trade sanctions on Iceland.
Please join me in urging the
President to impose tough sanctions and make Iceland pay a real, measurable
price for its mass killing of whales.
Iceland has proven that it
will thumb its nose at anything less -- and will go right on slaughtering
whales for profit. In 2004, the United States denounced Iceland in the same
manner -- but failed to impose sanctions -- and Iceland proceeded to ramp up
its awful slaughter.
Since 2006, Iceland has killed 280 endangered
fin whales and more than 200 minke whales. In the last two years alone, it
has exported millions of dollars worth of whale meat, blubber and oil to
Japan, Norway, Latvia and Belarus.
Iceland is not only flouting the
ban on whaling, it is depleting whale populations at an alarming rate. It's
practically begging to be sanctioned.
Please ask President Obama to
make Iceland pay a price at long last -- for the sake of whale survival. For
starters, he could target imports by those Icelandic seafood companies
directly tied to the whaling industry.
But do not assume for a
second that such presidential action is a sure thing. In fact, the U.S. has
never before imposed sanctions on another nation for whaling. That's why
it's so important that President Obama feel a groundswell of public support
if he is to take this next historic step.
Please make your own voice
heard inside the White House.
You can be sure that Iceland will not
end the abhorrent practice of whaling until it is forced to do so. But it is
up to us to prevail on the President to do the right thing. Thank you for
speaking out at this critical time for whales.
Natural Resources Defense Council
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