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PETITION TO STOP THE CONSUMPTION OF WHALE MEAT

Please sign this advocacy petition to personally commit to not eating whale meat.

What: 

While researching the ocean ecology of Iceland as a United Nations Development Program online Ocean Action Volunteer, I came across a number of NGO, governmental, and private efforts to stop the consumption of whale meat. Personally, I try to limit my meat consumption, partially because research proves that eating meat is bad for the environment. I also live in the USA, where the unethical treatment of farm animals is ubiquitous. 

Before I learned about the societal and environmental impact of eating whale meat through my research of Iceland, I ate whale meat in Japan. I will never eat it again after learning about IceWhale, The Icelandic Whale Watching Association. This is a NGO formed by Icelandic whale watching operators where “the aim of the association is to be a common platform for companies that offer whale watching tours and education about whales in Iceland. United under the association the companies set out to promote whale watching as well as conservation of whales and safeguard members interests locally and internationally.”

Meet Us Don’t Eat Us is an international joint project between IFAW and IceWhale that was launched in Reykjavík in the spring of 2010. The aim of which "is to inform and educate tourists about the facts regarding whale meat consumption in Iceland and gain their support to end commercial whaling instead of contributing to it by tasting it in Reykjavík restaurants. In reality, whale meat consumption is not that common in Iceland and whale hunting is not really a traditional activity either. Commercial whaling didn’t start until 1948 with the company Hvalur inc. in Hvalfjordur. Before that most of the whaling around Iceland was conducted by foreign whalers.“

Learn about the detailed history of whale hunting from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) here.

Why:

UNDP Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

"The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation.

Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future. However, at the current time, there is a continuous deterioration of coastal waters owing to pollution and ocean acidification is having an adversarial effect on the functioning of ecosystems and biodiversity. This is also negatively impacting small scale fisheries.

Marine protected areas need to be effectively managed and well-resourced and regulations need to be put in place to reduce overfishing, marine pollution, and ocean acidification." 

When:

The UNDP 2018 Ocean Action Campaign aims to build momentum towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal 14: LIFE BELOW WATER, which targets:

Relevant UNDP Targets:

  • 14.1 By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
  • 14.2 By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
  • 14.4 By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
  • 14.5 By 2020, conserve at least 10 percent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
  • 14.6 By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation

How:

If you do not need to eat whale meat for sustenance, please promise to cease this behavior by signing this petition today. 

If you represent an organization: You can register the efforts being made in the official United Nations database of Ocean commitments. This gives your organization the opportunity to be recognized on a global scale as part of the Ocean Action Campaign to help our ecosystem and marine life. 

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Publication date: 
29/01/2019
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