The Japanese whaling fleet is in the Southern Ocean again this year killing whales. And they’ll be there next year and every year after that if nothing changes at the International Whaling Commission (IWC). But there’s hope. Not only does President Obama have the power to make those changes; he’s already promised he would. Here’s what he told Greenpeace back in 2008:
"As president, I will ensure that the U.S. provides leadership in enforcing international wildlife protection agreements, including strengthening the international moratorium on commercial whaling. Allowing Japan to continue commercial whaling is unacceptable."
It’s time for President Obama to keep his word and save the whales. Tell him to end commercial whaling once and for all by reforming the IWC.
- President of the United States
Back in 2008 when you were running for your current office you said, "Allowing Japan to continue commercial whaling is unacceptable." I completely agree.
That's why I am writing to ask you to keep your word about strengthening the international moratorium on commercial whaling by using your power as President to reform the International Whaling Commission. Here's what you can do by doing the following:
1. Use all available diplomatic tools to ensure that the "like minded" conservation members gain the two-thirds majority required to amend the IWC convention.
2. Work to instill a new era of transparency at the IWC.
3. Work to increase the participation of civil society at the IWC.
These three things will help move the IWC forward to the point where the Convention can be rewritten with whale conservation as its primary task, not whale harvest. It's time to make the IWC work for whales and not whalers.
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