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USA considers the sanctions for commercial whaling in Iceland and whale meat export to Japan.

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USA considers the sanctions for commercial whaling in Iceland and whale meat export to Japan.

WASHINGTON ( 6 February 2014) – Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell issued a formal declaration that Iceland is undermining the effectiveness of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’s (CITES) and its prohibition on international commercial trade in whale products.
Conservation and animal welfare groups commend Jewell’s declaration and urge President Obama to act with urgency. On the 12th of December 2013, Iceland’s Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture announced that it would allow commercial whaling to continue for at least the next five years. As many as 154 endangered fin whales and 229 minke whales could be killed each year under Iceland’s self-allocated quotas which are set to run from 2014 to 2018.Today’s decision starts a 60-day period for the President to decide whether or not to impose economic measures, including trade sanctions, against Iceland under conservation legislation known as the “Pelly Amendment.” Iceland killed 35 minke whales and 134 fin whales, massive animals second only to blue whales in size, during the 2013 whaling season.

Although Iceland put its fin whale hunt on hold in 2011 and 2012 following the Commerce Department certification, it has continued to kill minke whales and export thousands of metric tons of meat and blubber—including from endangered fin whales—to Japan.

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USA considers the sanction for commercial whaling.
February 8,
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/whale-watch/us-considers-sanctions-over-icelands-whaling-20140207-3265t.html

The United States says Iceland is violating an international agreement through its whaling, opening the possibility of economic sanctions over the controversial hunt.
The Department of the Interior, in a decision it is required to take under US law, found that Iceland's actions violated the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
The certification was sent to President Barack Obama, who has 60 days to determine whether to impose economic sanctions on the NATO ally.
After a similar decision in 2011, Mr Obama declined to do so, but ordered diplomatic measures to raise concern.
Iceland and Norway are the only nations that openly defy a 1986 global moratorium on commercial whaling.
Japan kills hundreds of whales a year but says it abides by the moratorium by using a loophole that allows "lethal research" on the mammals.
Iceland consumes little whale meat but supplies the Japanese market.
It increased its 2014 quotas to 383 whales, despite not making the hunt level the previous year.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, in a statement on the decision, credited the 1986 moratorium with helping whale stocks recover after commercial whaling "had nearly driven whales to extinction".
Conservation and animal rights groups hailed the move and called for Mr Obama to take action to stop Iceland's hunt.
"Killing endangered fin whales is not only brutal, it's short-sighted," said Taryn Kiekow Heimer of the Natural Resources Defence Council.
"Iceland should not be allowed to ignore the fact that, regardless of some temporary financial reward, this practice is simply unsustainable and cruel," she said.
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