The Obama Administration, through its delegation to the International Whaling Commission Small Working Group, appears ready to sign off on a deal that would permit a return to legal commercial whaling. The agreement would legalize Japan, Iceland and Norway’s whaling which has heretofore been conducted under reservations to the moratorium on whaling that has been in place since 1986.
The only chance to derail this backroom deal appears to be direct protest to President Obama. All environmental groups are united in their opposition to the plan to legitimize whaling.
In this way the President who promised a new way of doing things is vulnerable but only if those of us who love and revere whales make our outrage known to the White House.
If the United States were to vote for a resumption of commercial whaling it would represent a 180 degree turn around from the position the president took just a year ago.
On March 6, 2009 the Obama administration pledged it would firmly oppose whaling. Environmentalists thought Obama was signaling a tough US position approaching meetings to examine the proposal that would open the door to legal whaling.
TO PROTEST THIS RECKLESS POSITION EMAIL THE WHITE HOUSE
You can paste the following into your email message and add your own thoughts. It is very important to personalize the message so it does not appear mass produced.
President Obama, you have previously indicated you would strongly support the protection of whales. The statements of your delegation to the NGO caucus at the IWC in St. Pete, FL belies your commitment. I urge you to oppose legalization of commercial whaling. Whales are intelligent and sentient creatures that should not be killed. Please honor their right to live on this planet, where we are witnessing so much that is against the environment. PLEASE make the right choice on this one.