Stop the Great Whale Sell Out

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Originally Posted: 15 April 2010

Stop the Great Whale Sell Out

FROM Animal Welfare Institute (AWI)

The Whaling moratorium is in jeopardy!

Whales are under threat from a U.S. led compromise that will permit the resumption of commercial whaling. Please review this update and tell President Obama how much whales mean to you.

Tell him that a return to whaling is wholly unacceptable. He should oppose the package and take a hard line with the three whaling nations by using domestic trade legislation along with diplomatic pressure to get them to end their unnecessary, archaic and barbaric whaling practices.


President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania, Ave. NW
Washington D.C. 20500
phone (202) 456-1111
Submit an online comment


Within weeks the U.S. will decide whether to back a plan to resume commercial whaling - including in a whale sanctuary and on endangered species.

This unsavory plan represents capitulation to the three remaining whaling nations – Japan, Norway and Iceland – which continue to ignore international will by slaughtering whales and by undermining the International Whaling Commission (IWC). In response to a perceived impasse at the IWC and ostensibly to reduce the number of whales being killed, the U.S. and eleven other IWC nations have been negotiating for the past three years over the way forward. The result is a ten-year plan that will:

  1. Suspend the whaling moratorium thereby sanctioning whaling on all currently hunted whales species, including threatened and endangered populations
  2. Allow whaling quotas to be set by whaling countries, not science
  3. Allow whaling in a whale sanctuary
  4. Fail to close loopholes in the whaling convention that permit countries to whale for so-called scientific research and opt out of complying with IWC decisions.

U.S. Front and Center

The U.S. claims that it has yet to take a position on the deal, despite leading the negotiations and developing the package. Although many IWC member nations are following the U.S. and are capitulating to the whaling nations, others are standing firm in opposition. Since the whaling nations have manufactured the dysfunction of the IWC, capitulation will reward their years of bad behavior, return the world to the dark days of mass whale slaughter, and set a very bad precedent for other international treaties. The UK and Australia are vocally opposing the deal and the U.S. must join them and encourage other countries to do the same.

President Obama campaigned on a promise to continue to be a leader in whale conservation, saying in 2008 that "allowing Japan to continue commercial whaling is unacceptable.” He needs to be held to that pledge.

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