Stop Hunting Whales to Feed Fur Farm Animals

whale_meat_by_patrick_müllerTarget: Elisabeth Aspaker, Minister of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs

Goal: Stop hunting whales simply to use as feed in fur industry.

Whale meat is in such low demand in Norway that it is ending up as feed for animals on fur farms, yet the cruel practice of whale hunting (and fur farming) continues in the country. According to a new study by the Environmental Investigation Agency and the Animal Welfare Institute, more than 113 metric tons of minke whale products were bought by the largest manufacturer of feed for animals in Norway’s fur industry.

There are only three countries that still have a whaling industry and Norway is one of them. Their government has claimed the practice needs to continue because whale meat is an important food source for people. Clearly, this is not the case if so much whale meat is being used as animal feed. Consumption of whale meat in Norway has been steadily declining, and as a result the country has increased its exports to Japan despite an international ban on the trade. Yet even Japan has rejected the whale meat in the past due to high levels of toxic pesticides.

The Norwegian government can no longer defend the whaling industry by citing the need for whale meat. Evidence of the decreasing demand is clear from the amount of whale products being exported, and the new discovery of its use as animal feed for the fur industry is the final proof. Continuing whale hunts despite the obvious low demand for whale meat would be both inhumane and unnecessary. Sign the petition below to urge the Norwegian government to withdraw its support of the whaling industry in light of this new evidence and to end the harmful practice of hunting and killing minke whales.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Aspaker,

The Norwegian government has claimed in the past that the whaling industry is necessary because whale meat is an important food source for the country’s people. Yet new evidence has shown that whale meat is in such low demand that it is ending up in the feed manufactured for animals on fur farms. Given the decreasing demand for whale meat, it would be both cruel and unnecessary to continue hunting and killing minke whales in Norway.

According to a document released by the Environmental Investigation Agency and the Animal Welfare Institute, more than 113 metric tons of minke whale products were used by Rogaland Pelsdyrfôrlaget, the largest manufacturer of animal feed for Norway’s fur industry. There has also been an increase in the exportation of whale meat to Japan, despite an international ban.

I am urging you to withdraw your support of the whaling industry in response to this new evidence of the low demand for whale meat. Please take action to end the inhumane and unnecessary practice of whale hunting in Norway, and join the many other countries that have already outlawed the whaling industry.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Sign the Petition/Assinar esta petição

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Japão pretende prosseguir com polêmico programa de caça de baleias

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magem feita em 2014 pelo braço australiano da ONG Sea Shepherd mostra três exemplares de baleia-de-minke capturados pelo navio japonês Nisshin Maru (Foto: Tim Watters/Sea Shepherd/AFP)

O Japão tem a intenção de prosseguir com o polêmico programa de caça de baleias, apesar da Comissão Baleeira Internacional (CBI) não ter conseguido determinar se este era “científico” ou não, afirmou o principal negociador japonês, citado pela imprensa.

“Não há nenhuma mudança em nosso programa, que pretende capturar 3.996 pequenas baleias de Minke na Antártica nos próximos 12 anos”, declarou Joji Morishita, o principal negociador japonês na CBI.

“O comitê científico não conseguiu chegar a um consenso sobre o conjunto do programa (de caça da baleia japonês)”, afirma a CBI em um relatório. ”Alguns cientistas consideram que as informações adicionais apresentadas pelo Japão eram suficientes para autorizar o programa, outros não”, completa.

O relatório apresenta as conclusões da reunião anual dos 200 especialistas que integram o comitê científico da CBI, que se encontraram durante duas semanas em San Diego, Estados Unidos, entre 22 de maio e 3 de junho.

O Japão teve que desistir da caça às baleias na Antártica na temporada 2014-2015 por culpa de uma ordem da Corte Internacional de Justiça (CIJ), que considerou que os japoneses praticavam a atividade com fins comerciais.

No fim de 2014, o país asiático apresentou à CBI um novo programa de caça de cetáceos com objetivos científicos.

Segundo o novo plano, o Japão pretende reduzir a meta anual de pesca a 333 pequenas baleias, contra as quase 900 que eram caçadas no programa anterior.

Tóquio alega que este nível de caça é “necessário” para obter informações sobre a idade da população baleeira e fixar um limite para a pesca, que não coloque em risco a sobrevivência da espécie.

Mas o argumento não convence as organizações de defesa dos animais.

O Japão caçou 251 baleias na Antártica na temporada 2013-2014 e 103 no ano anterior.

Fonte: ANDA

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