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ECO: The environmental voice at the IWC

ECO is published by Earth Island Institute’s International Marine Mammal Project at the meeting of the International Whaling Commission on behalf of environmental and animal welfare organizations around the globe.

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Volume LXIV · Panama City, Panama · No. 2 · Tuesday July 3, 2012
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US Congress Supports Whale Protection

US House Representatives Bill Keating and Howard Berman have introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives about the importance of U.S. leadership in whale conservation in the IWC and in other international bodies. They are asking the Obama Administration to take a strong stand at the IWC meeting in support of whales.

A recent survey of US households finds 89 percent of Americans support the protection of whales by active US government enforcement of the moratorium against whaling.

Representatives Keating and Berman are calling upon their colleagues in Congress to:

“While Japan, Norway and Iceland continue to ignore the thirty year moratorium on commercial whaling, the U.S. government has been a beacon of hope, leading efforts to protect the species,” added Patrick Ramage, Global Whale Program Director, IFAW. “U.S. leadership was critical in establishing the ban that was first proposed by President Reagan, and in the successful designation of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary around Antarctica that was championed by the U.S. in the early 1990s. Once again, U.S. leadership is needed to ensure a safer future for the world’s whales.”

At this IWC meeting in Panama City, the Obama Administration has an opportunity to show leadership in protecting whales and opposing any whaling schemes. A good place to start would be to support a review of aboriginal subsistence whaling by the Commission to address issues of commercial uses of whale products caught through this exception to the whaling moratorium.