Petition: Stop Organized Puffin Hunting in Iceland

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are beautiful seabirds with bright, gorgeous colors. They’re lovingly called ‘clowns of the sea’ or ‘sea parrots’ because of their colors.

Anyone would want to see a puffin given the chance, and some people do. Norway, the , the US, and Canada offer puffin viewing tours for people to have the chance to see these incredible animals. However, in , people are offered packages to not just see them… but to hunt them.

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Iceland is the only country that offers puffin .

Companies like the Icelandic Hunting Club offer packages for people to participate in organized hunting of precious puffins.

Hunters pay up to $3,650 for a chance to kill up to 100 puffins at a time.

Puffins have been listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2015.

This means if their population continues to decrease, they will be at risk of .

The puffin population has already dropped by 1.5 million in the last decade.

They are already facing threats from . The rise in sea surface temperatures has caused their food sources — silvery sand eels — to decline.

Conservationists are pushing for the bird to be listed for global protection by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), which sadly has not happened yet.

Eduardo Gonçalves of the Campaign to BanTrophy Hunting tells Independent: “The puffin is now in danger of becoming extinct, and uncontrolled hunting has been identified as a leading cause.”

Iceland puffins – Source: Milan Zygmunt/Shutterstock

Not only would global protection for the puffin be great, and even more importantly, Iceland should protect the puffin, which is a beloved symbol of their nation. Sign this petition asking Iceland’s president Guðni Th. Jóhannesson to protect the puffins!

This article was first published on 8 August 2019.


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Isabelle Fernandès

Pourquoi ce pays laisse-t-il les gens chasser ce bel oiseau en voie de disparition? destinataire: président d’Islande, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson 97,903 SUPPORTERS 100 000 BUT Les macareux sont adorables. Avec leur épais bec orange vif, leurs corps noirs et blancs saisissants et leurs grands yeux ronds, il n’est pas étonnant que les clowns des mers et des cieux du nord fassent partie des oiseaux les plus aimés au monde. Chaque année, des millions de personnes se dirigent vers le nord pour y voir de plus près. Des guides dans des pays comme la Norvège, les îles Féroé, et même les… Read more »

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“Hunters pay up to $3,650 for a chance to kill up to 100 puffins at a time.” Hunted for food or what happens to the 100 bodies? If Japan, Norway & Iceland cant be stopped from killing whales, who’s going to stop Iceland from killing puffins, a petition? $3,650 per 100 puffins is easy money. Is that like $360 for each bird?

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