Speak Out Against Whale Slaughter!

It's a dangerous time for whales in Norwegian waters: The whaling season has begun. This year, up to 1,286 minke whales will die from exploding harpoon and rifle wounds. Norway needs to know that this is unacceptable.

A 2009 opinion poll found that the majority of Norwegians agree the suffering inflicted by whaling is unacceptable, and that only 1% of the population eats whale meat regularly. Despite this, Norway continues to defy the whaling ban: 2010's kill quota is the highest in 25 years. The government claims to receive little criticism over whaling. It's time that changed.

Sign this petition to tell Norway's Prime Minister you back his citizens' demand to end this cruelty.
Dear Prime Minister Stoltenberg,

I am extremely disappointed that Norway, a modern and progressive country, continues to allow the cruel, outdated and unnecessary practice of commercial whaling.

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Whilst Norway's brand new Animal Welfare Act commendably strives to protect animals from unacceptable and unnecessary suffering, it seems your government has a blind spot for the welfare of marine mammals such as whales. This year 1,286 minke whales face inhumane slaughter in Norwegian waters. Since inspectors were removed from whaling boats in 2003 it is not known how long these animals suffer, but previous data suggests that many hundreds will suffer for 2-3 minutes, with an unfortunate few taking over an hour to die from their wounds.

Despite years of research by your government's experts, no reliably humane way to kill whales at sea has been found. The margins for error are too high, and so is the suffering inflicted.

This suffering is unnecessary -- the industry is failing economically because the demand for whale products is low and declining. A 2009 opinion poll revealed that only 1% of the Norwegian population eats whale meat regularly.

Whilst Norway is one of just three countries defying the international ban on commercial whaling, the rest of the world has realized the benefits of a new sustainable and humane way to interact with whales -- whale watching. This industry, worth some $2.1 billion across 119 countries worldwide, offers an opportunity and incentive to value and protect whales.

Whaling is tarnishing Norway's international reputation as a country which respects its environment and animals. Please look to the future and invest in a policy of promoting watching -- not catching whales. Please stop whaling.
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