Heal Our Planet Earth

Letter to Norwegian Embassy @ DC

To: The Ambassador of Norway
and Mr. Petter Meier
Fisheries Counselor

Dear Ambassador and Mr. Meier,

I would like first to commend your government for conscientiously warning your young women and children to not consume whale meat, considering it's being overloaded with toxins including mercury, PCBs and dioxins. I certainly cannot say this for the Japanese government which not only allows whale meat in supermarkets to be labeled as "Health Food", but feeds it directly to young children in their school lunch program, in spite of their full knowledge of the toxicity and its health effects.

I take this opportunity to ask your government, as a Canadian citizen, to join other European nations including Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourgh, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Turkey to ban the importation of all Canadian seal products, on grounds of cruelty and ecological destructiveness.

I also would like to take this opportunity to point out the absence of a very important point in your letter below, without which no consideration is complete. The following words and phrases come to mind, all relevant to this point in question: agony, baby, compassion, cruelty, empathy, evolved, family, generosity, inhumaneness, intelligence, kindness, language, love, massacre, respect, skinned alive, society and why.

Regarding just the one word "cruelty", there is simply no way to kill a whale that can be considered humane, even if killing whales for any reason is justified, which it is not - not in this day and age any more, when we no longer crucify people, or burn them at the stake, or have them drawn and quartered. Just because whaling was going on in the 17th Century does not mean that it should still go on in the 21st Century.

I have just one more question. Does Norway not believe in law and order? I'm sure that if somebody breaks a law it Norway, he'd be duly charged, convicted and punished. So why does Norway as an entity behave on the world stage in open defiance of international law and international agreements? Norway doesn't even bother to go through a loophole the way Japan does ("scientific research"). What kind of example is the Norwegain government setting for its own citizens?

Norway may have been basking in the lack of pressure from the international anti-whaling movement, but should consider itself lucky up to this point because the main force of the movement has been directed against Japan, and rightly so. But if Norway stands too close to Japan, it may stand to receive some shrapnel.

I have never written a letter to Norway. I'm writing one now. And others will too. I think the time has come for Norway to reconsider its whaling policy, and be known as a compassionate nation.

Sincerely yours,

Anthony Marr, Founder
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)

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