Urgent: Tell Obama to Say No to Commercial Whaling
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.
And take action today by sending your urgent appeal to President Obama, urging him to reject any deals that would legalize commercial whaling.