This request is addressed to the Icelandic government, more specifically to Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson the Minister of the Environment, Energy and Climate.
This petition is run by Ocean Missions Iceland
We ask for the introduction of a ban on the commercial sale of puffins (Fratercula arctica) in Iceland.
Why is this important?
Up to 60% of the Atlantic puffin population is found in Iceland, with 8 to 10 million nesting individuals. They are a major attraction for Icelandic and foreign visitors, helping the local economy by creating jobs and attracting people from all over the world.
However, traditionally and for many years, this harmless species have been hunted for food and as ornaments. Nowadays, puffins are protected in most of the countries where they are found, except for Iceland and the Faroe Islands, despite being on the IUCN list of threatened species.
Ocean Missions Iceland proposes to establish a sales ban on the species. Signing the petition, you will be helping us establish a ban on the sale of puffins in restaurants, hotels, and other businesses. If we succeed, we will be reducing the pressure on these animals, preventing the Puffins from being hunted to be sold and relieving the stress on the already threatened populations that we still preserve.
In addition, refuse to buy meat from any seabird, especially puffins. Let's make it clear that being part of a trade that endangers a species, especially one as emblematic as this, no longer makes sense.
Let's protect them; let's protect our seas.
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