During National Oceans Month, the U.S. makes a new resolution to protect the world’s whales

Reaffirming this country’s commitment to the oceans and celebrating the multitude of benefits these bodies of water offer, President Barack Obama declared June “National Ocean Month.” The world’s oceans are an important part of the global ecosystem and home to some of the most majestic species on the planet, including whales.

However, whales find themselves swimming through a sea of troubles, faced with more threats than at any other time in history, including commercial whaling, ship strikes, entanglements in fishing gear and marine debris, climate change, pollution and man-made ocean noise.

As the International Whaling Commission (IWC) prepares to meet in Panama City, Panama during the first week of July, every controversial issue concerning whales is potentially on the table. At a time when whales need U.S. leadership more than ever, I am happy to report that 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 fora.

U.S. leadership was critical in establishing the worldwide moratorium on commercial whaling that was first proposed by President Reagan thirty years ago. U.S. leadership was critical in the successful designation of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary around Antarctica in the early 1990s. And once again, as we head into the IWC, U.S. leadership is critical to end commercial whaling in all of its forms and to strengthen measures to conserve whale species.

As such, Representatives Keating and Berman are calling upon their colleagues to:

  • strongly oppose commercial whaling and support use of all appropriate measures to end commercial whaling in any form, including for purposes of scientific research;
  • seek to strengthen conservation and management measures to facilitate the conservation of whale species and populations, including support for the establishment of the South Atlantic Ocean whale sanctuary;
  • urge the President and the international community to modernize the International Whaling Commission, consistent with other international conservation organizations, by expanding the participation of civil society, improving transparency and supporting efforts to improve its effectiveness; and
  • support ongoing research efforts to understand, prevent or mitigate threats to whales and their habitat, such as ocean noise, marine debris, ship strikes, entanglements, contaminants and disease.

A heartfelt thank you to Representatives Keating and Berman for their continued support for the whales. We ask you to urge your Congressional representatives to follow suit and cosponsor this resolution—sending a signal to the world that the U.S. delegation will go to the IWC as a leader in whale conservation. 

--FO

Comments: 3

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

WISHING YOU SUCCESS FRED IN YOUR VERY IMPORTANT WORK OF THIS KIND. WE ALL SHOULD HAVE MORE CONCERNS FOR THESE SERIOUS MATTERS OF HELPING TO SAVE THESE WONDERFUL CREATURES OF THE ANIMAL WORLD & TO LEAD THE WAY TAKES A BIG MAN OF GREAT LOVE FOR THEM AS ALL ANIMAL LOVERS KNOW. KEEP SAFE & MAY GOD LOVE YOU AS WE DO IN THIS DIFFICULT EFFORT - THANK YOU SIR AN ANIMAL LOVER, JAMES KRUMM, WILLOW GROVE, PA. USA

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Thanks for your comment. The Congressional Resolution introduced by Representatives Keating and Berman is no joke. It reflects the clear, repeatedly expressed position of the American people across the country and the political spectrum – demanding an end to whaling for commercial purposes and strong conservation leadership from their government. For more on this see this April 2012 national survey conducted by President Obama’s lead pollster http://bit.ly/MoQFxn - IFAW is on the ground in Panama working to ensure the U.S. delegation and others here take meaningful action to protect whales and keep the International Whaling Commission (IWC) on course for a conservation future.
--Patrick Ramage, IFAW Whale Programme Director

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Is this a joke???? The US is here in Panama at the 64th Whaling Commission meeting PROMOTING WHALING, SUPPORTING THE KILLING OF MOTHER & CALF HUMPBACK WHALES in the puppet Japanese country of St. Vincent & Grenadines, and PROMOTING COMMERCIAL WHALING DISGUISED AS 'ABORIGINAL' IN GREENLAND! Please read http://www.ccc-chile.org/articulo-15-1050-062812_united_states_leads_wha... and PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE/SENATOR TO COMPLAIN TODAY ABOUT THE US HAVING BECOME A WHALING NATION!!! And booo to the sold-out big NGOs who are spreading this false propaganda to throw a smolescreen over the criminal pro-whaling stance of the US government!

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