There has been an international ban on whaling since 1982, but several countries continue to kill the animals under a "research" loophole and then sell the meat for consumption. Japan alone kills over 1,000 whales a year.
On February 19, 2010, the Telegraph reported that secret talks will be held in Florida next month that could result in lifting the ban on commercial whaling. On Earth Day, President Obama met with delegates from Japan about the proposal to lift the ban. The International Whaling Commission will meet in June to make a decision on whether to allow commercial whale hunts.
Whaling is so profitable that there's never been much of an incentive for countries to enforce anti-whaling laws. If they aren't willing or able to crack down on a ban, how will they police sanctioned whaling?
There's no justification for killing whales. Let the International Whaling Commission and President Obama know that you oppose lifting the ban and encourage them to close the research loopholes instead.
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The original moratorium brought many species of whales back from the brink of extinction. While some populations have experienced a recovery, whales continue to be threatened by human and environmental factors. Even with the ban in place, over 1,000 whales are killed each year for "research," and their meat is sold commercially. Due to the profitability of whale meat and the disregard for current treaties, I am deeply concerned that sanctioned whaling would result in a catastrophic increase in whale hunts, despite pledges from whaling nations to scale back their operations.
I urge you to uphold the international ban on commercial whaling. Instead of considering any deals that would threaten the whale populations and our ocean ecosystems, I urge you to enforce the agreements that are already in place and close the loopholes that allow countries to continue making money from killing whales in the name of research.