Posted by: reefrescue | April 27, 2010

WHALES UNDER THREAT

The International Whaling Commission has just unveiled a proposal to legalize commercial whale hunting for the first time in 24 years.

Half a million sign petition to keep the international ban on commercial whaling.

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has just unveiled a proposal to legalize commercial whale hunting for the first time in 24 years. The IWC proposal will be voted on this June

Countries are now deciding their first responses — and they’re watching public reaction closely. New Zealand called its provisions — which include a legal quota for hunting endangered fin whales — “offensive,” “unacceptable,” and “inflammatory.” However, other key nations are rumored to be leaning in support of it.

Avaaz has launched an urgent petition to show world leaders people want to protect whales, not hunt, kill, and sell them. The petition is being sent to the International Whaling Commission each time it reaches another 100,000 signatures

Click to view petition

Forty years ago, whales were on the brink of extinction. But thanks to a global social movement, the world banned commercial whaling in 1986. The ban is one of the environmental movement’s great triumphs.

Today, whales still face many threats: not just the whalers’ harpoons, but also climate change, destruction of ecosystems by overfishing and pollution, and nets intended for other fish. A renewed wave of commercial whaling could devastate these extraordinarily intelligent and social cousins of humanity. This is no time to move backwards.

SOURCES:

“Whaling plan draws anger from green groups” – BBC, 22 April 2010
http://www.avaaz.org/whaling_green_anger

“IWC whaling proposal ‘offensive'” – New Zealand Herald, 23 April 2010
http://www.avaaz.org/whales_offensive

Background on the 1986 international moratorium on whaling:
http://www.avaaz.org/international_whaling_moratorium

Read the actual proposal here (PDF format):
http://www.avaaz.org/whale_proposal

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