Since the inception of the 1986 Moratorium on Commercial Whaling, over 35,000 whales have been slaughtered for profit!!
The Whaling Moratorium is not being enforced!
Its time to enforce the moratorium!!
Its time to Save the Whales Again!!!
Right now, despite the worldwide moratorium on commercial whaling, fisherman from Japan, Norway, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands are going to kill over 25,000 dolphins, whales, and porpoises this year selling their meat for profit.
Masayuki Komatsu, Japan’s former Fisheries Minister had this to say: “There are so many whales …they are the cockroaches of the sea… At the IWC, we want to aim for the resumption of commercial whaling.”
Since 1986, Japan has defied the moratorium by killing thousands of whales under the guise of “lethal scientific research”. The IWC does not need scientific information obtained by killing whales and has stated that Japan’s scientific whaling data is “not required for management”.
Former, Australian Government Minister Robert Hill stated that: “The coincidence of whales ending up in the fish shops in Tokyo would lead some to believe that there were perhaps at least some other motives than just scientific enlightenment …I think that most people accept that the Japanese wish to hunt whales for commercial purposes and utilize the scientific provision in the Convention as a loophole.
Norway has also defied the commercial whaling moratorium, killing over 500 minke whales per year as well. The IWC has consistently and repeatedly issued Resolution after Resolution demanding that both Japan and Norway stop, but both countries simply ignore the Resolutions as they have no teeth.
The only way to stop whaling is through political and economic means, and the Obama Administration is taking action as recent polls have shown that over 75% of Americans oppose whaling and want the US Government to take action to stop it.
Iceland is the latest nation to join the fray and has already killed over 100 endangered fin whales this summer!
On August 14, 2003, Iceland joined ranks with Japan as pirate whalers by whaling under the guise of scientific research. In their first whale hunt in over 14 years, Icelandic fisherman slaughtered 36 minke whales claiming the whales were eating too much fish. On October 18, 2006 Iceland announced its intention to resume commercial whaling and they killed over 270 endangered fin whales in 2009 and 2010 alone. In response, President Obama certified Iceland under the Pelly Amendment and is taking diplomatic action to stop Iceland’s archaic and whaling industry but we need President Obama to take economic action against Iceland for it blatant disregard of the commercial whaling moratorium.
The Japanese, Norwegian, and Icelandic Governments are all subsidizing the killing of whales!
It’s Time to Stop Whaling Now Before It’s Too Late!!
It’s Time to Save the Whales Again!!!
Here’s what you can do:
1. Write, e-mail, or call President Obama and thank him for taking action against Iceland and let him know that you want the US to use its sanctioning powers available under the Pelly Amendment against Japan and Norway as well until they stop whaling.
White House Comment Line: (202) 456-1111.
White House Fax Line: (202) 456-2461.
Compose and Send a message directly to President Obama:
President Obama’s mailing address:
President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20500.
2. Write or call your US Representatives and Senators and let them know that you want the US government to certify Norway and Japan under the Pelly Amendment just like they did Iceland until they all stop whaling.
US Capitol Switchboard: (202) 456-1414.