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Thirty-Five Governments Call on Iceland to Stop Whaling

By Iceland Review

A formal diplomatic protest, known as a démarche, was yesterday delivered to the Icelandic Government Offices in Reykjavík.

The EU, its 28 member states and the governments of the United States, Australia, Brazil, Israel, Mexico, Monaco and New-Zealand, declared their “strong opposition” to commercial whaling in Iceland, in particular the hunting of fin whales and the subsequent trading of fin whale products, urging Iceland to “respect the IWC’s global moratorium and end its commercial whaling and international trade in whale products.”

“Fin whales and minke whales are listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendix I … and we remain extremely concerned with Iceland’s reservation, entered in 2000, for these and other cetacean species,” the démarche reads in part.

The EU’s Ambassador to Iceland, Matthias Brinkmann, along with the diplomatic representatives of the U.S., France, Germany and the U.K. delivered the démarche to the Icelandic government yesterday morning.

The ambassador also pointed out that the public in the countries that are Iceland’s main trading partners is very much against whaling.

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