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Originally Posted: June 13, 2012

Help make the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary a reality

FROM Greenpeace

ACTION

Take action now and tell the US delegation to the International Whaling commission (IWC) and President Obama  to do everything in their power to make sure the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary proposal passes. It's time to make the IWC work for whales and not whalers. 

Sign an online petition:
https://secure3.convio.net/gpeace/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1127&autologin=true&JServSessionIdr004=8683xz7ib1.app333a

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

US Delegation to IWC
c/o The Red House
135 Station Road
Impington, Cambridge CB4 4NP
United Kingdom
phone +44 (0)1223 233971
fax +44 (0)1223 232876
secretariat@iwcoffice.org

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20500
phone (202) 456-1111
fax (202) 456-2461
web email form: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

The very first agenda item at this year’s International Whaling Commission (IWC) meetings in Panama is a proposal that would create a permanent whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic.

This proposal represents one of the best opportunities we’ve ever had to protect whale populations in the South Atlantic. But there’s a problem.

Japan is doing everything it can, including bribing small countries to vote against the proposal, to make sure it doesn’t pass. And without strong leadership from the US delegation they’ll likely succeed.

Thanks in large part to US leadership, a historic first step was taken last year toward reforming the International Whaling Commission (IWC). But there is a still a long way to go.

That's why I am writing to ask you to keep your word about strengthening the international moratorium on commercial whaling by using your power as President to continue pushing for reform measures at the IWC.

Most importantly, the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary proposal which will be voted on at this year's meeting in Panama requires strong support and leadership from the US delegation. This proposal represents one of the best opportunities we've ever had to protect whale populations in the South Atlantic. We can't let Japan kill this proposal.

The establishment of the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary would mean that the whales of the Southern Hemisphere could live their entire lives in an area free from the threat of commercial whaling. Ensuring that this proposal passes is one of the most straightforward ways the administration can help strengthen the moratorium on commercial whaling.

It's time to make the IWC work for whales and not whalers.


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