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Anti-Whaling Petition Approaches One Million Goal

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Anti-Whaling Petition Approaches One Million Goal

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Whaling vessels docked in Reykjavík. Photo: Páll Stefánsson

A petition on avaaz.org against the commercial hunting of fin whales in Iceland and the transport of whale meat from Iceland to Japan has received almost 750,000 signatures and is rapidly approaching the one million goal.

The petition encourages Timothy Harris, prime minister of Caribbean island St. Kitts and Nevis, to prevent freighter Winter Bay, which is registered there, from transporting whale Icelandic whale meat to Japan.

“As the whalers sharpen their harpoons for this year’s hunt, their boss is trying to ship last year’s whale meat to Japan right now. Over 1,700 tonnes are about to be sent through the icy passage between Russia and the North Pole,” the website reads.

“But if the tiny Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis simply removes their flag from the vessel it can’t leave port! Tourism is the main pillar of their country’s economy and we can put their reputation on the line by throwing them into our giant global spotlight,” Avaaz threatens.

“The Icelandic whaling fleet is about to leave port to hunt and kill 150 endangered fin whales. We’ve come close to shutting down this barbaric operation before and now we have a chance to end it for good,” Avaaz maintains, adding: “We have just two days before the boat could set sail.”

Avaaz is described as “a global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere.”

It is pointed out on ruv.is that the list of signatures is unavailable and therefore their authenticity cannot be checked. Those who wish to sign the petition must register to the movement’s website.

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