Urgent: Tell Obama to Say No to Commercial WhalingPosted by Lisa Franzetta, ALDF's Director of Communications on June 22, 2010
Today, the International Whaling Commission announced that they are putting diplomatic efforts to end commercial whaling on hold for at least year–meaning that they have not accepted a compromise deal that would lift the 1986 ban on commercial whaling; however, regrettably, they have also put off taking any action that would improve the status quo and end Japan, Norway, and Iceland’s bloody whale hunts once and for all. Read more…
It’s no exaggeration to say that this week, the future of the world’s
whales hangs in the balance. The International Whaling Commission is
currently meeting in Morocco, where they will be voting on a proposed
deal to lift the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling–despite the fact
that hundreds of scientists from around the globe have presented
concerns about the potentially devastating consequences of lifting the
whale hunting ban. And heedless of the outcry from citizens across
America and throughout the world, the Obama Administration
is backing this misguided, politically motivated plan.
The arguments for lifting the ban are backed by short-sighted politics,
not science, and the pro-whaling lobby bears the stink of corruption.
Earlier this month, the U.K.’s Sunday Times published an
investigative piece exposing Japan, the largest profiteer among the
world’s three whaling nations (the others are Iceland and Norway), for
bribing small nations with cash and prostitutes in exchange for their
votes on the IWC.
Read “Obama’s Whale of
a Backslide” for more background on Obama’s support for the
“compromise plan” to resume commercial whaling currently facing a vote
by the IWC at the end of this week.