This internationally recognized petition is addressed to John Scalon and all members of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) listed below:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Korea
Republic of Moldova
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Syrian Arab Republic
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United Republic of Tanzania
United States of America
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
**While certain species of cetaceans are registered in Appendix I, we feel that it is important that ALL cetaceans be registered in either Appendix I or, at the very least, Appendix II.
Below are the cetacean species currently falling under Appendix I (note: these are the only ceteceans under protection - all other species, at present, have no protection what-so-ever):
CETACEA Dolphins, porpoises, whales
CETACEA spp. (Except the species included in Appendix I. A zero annual export quota has been established for live specimens from the Black Sea population of Tursiops truncatus removed from the wild and traded for primarily commercial purposes)
Balaenidae Bowhead whale, right whales
Balaenopteridae Humpback whale, rorquals
Balaenoptera acutorostrata (Except the population of West Greenland, which is included in Appendix II)
Eschrichtiidae Grey whale
Iniidae River dolphins
Neobalaenidae Pygmy right whale
Physeteridae Sperm whales
Platanistidae River dolphins
Ziphiidae Beaked whales, bottle-nosed whales
**We believe there is due cause for our request to be noted and addressed urgently, according to the following:
Annex 2 a
Criteria for the inclusion of species in Appendix II in accordance with Article II, paragraph 2 (a), of the Convention
The following criteria must be read in conjunction with the definitions, explanations and guidelines listed in Annex 5, including the footnote with respect to application of the definition of ‘decline’ for commercially exploited aquatic species.
A species should be included in Appendix II when, on the basis of available trade data and information on the status and trends of the wild population(s), at least one of the following criteria is met:
A. It is known, or can be inferred or projected, that the regulation of trade in the species is necessary to avoid it becoming eligible for inclusion in Appendix I in the near future; or
B. It is known, or can be inferred or projected, that regulation of trade in the species is required to ensure that the harvest of specimens from the wild is not reducing the wild population to a level at which its survival might be threatened by continued harvesting or other influences.
Annex 2 b
Criteria for the inclusion of species in Appendix II in accordance with Article II, paragraph 2 (b), of the Convention
Species may be included in Appendix II in accordance with Article II, paragraph 2 (b), if either one of the following criteria is met:
A. The specimens of the species in the form in which they are traded resemble specimens of a species included in Appendix II under the provisions of Article II, paragraph 2 (a), or in Appendix I, so that enforcement officers who encounter specimens of CITES-listed species are unlikely to be able to distinguish between them; or
B. There are compelling reasons other than those given in criterion A above to ensure that effective control of trade in currently listed species is achieved.
**Countries practicing dolphin hunting and slaughter for profit (reasons other than scientific) have continued to take from the oceans for decades now. It is often, as well, (as mentioned in point A of Annex 2 b) that it is unlikely that those performing the practice of hunting and slaughtering are able to distinguish between species. While this may ‘seem’ to have little effect on their numbers, it is clear that should this continue much further, Annex 2 a .A will need to be addressed with urgency.
Aside from this we ask you to understand that cetaceans are a specialized species and some countries have indeed already granted them non-human rights.
While this may be interpreted by some as an emotional response/request, it is not. Dolphins/cetaceans have been classified as the second most intelligent species on our planet, under humans.
It is not only vital that we address this issue with urgency to ensure their numbers do not dwindle; it is also our responsibility to ensure that we share this planet with all creatures, especially those of equal intelligence. It is our duty to ensure their protection from those who seek to exploit them for profit.
With due respect and sincerity we ask that John Scalon and each member under CITES reconsider their opinions regarding the classifications and registration of all cetaceans. All ceteceans require protection. Whether cetecean meat is traded live or deceased, trade still occurs. We look to you for answers.