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Outrage: Obama Backs Lifting Ban on Whaling
Opinion by PETA
(1 Day Ago) in Society / Animal Rights
By Karin Bennett
While U.S. residents watch and worry about the oil spill, a different kind of oceanic nightmare is brewing, one that will cause immense suffering and death for countless whales for many years to come.
On June 20, the International Whaling Commission will meet in Morocco to vote on a proposal to lift a 24-year international ban on commercial whaling for Japan, Norway, and Iceland—the three countries that have pretty much thumbed their noses at the ban. The Obama administration backs the lifting of the ban. Anyone who knows anything about the history of the ban—which has slashed the killing from somewhere between 40,000 and 60,000 whales a year to between 1,200 and 1,700—is outraged that the president is going back on his election pledge to strengthen a ban and instead throwing the country's might behind lifting it.
They (US government) seem to be in favour of allowing Japan and Norway to go out and hunt whales again. It means they can go out there and start killing whales. It's in moratorium so it's not determined how many they can kill,' he said.
Some may argue that the "deal" being struck between whaling and non-whaling nations is a diplomatic and political victory. But so far it looks like a resounding defeat in terms of biology and conservation.
Instead of closing this loophole, the deal would legitimise scientific whaling and simply rename it commercial whaling.
Originally posted by loam
Clearly, for those who follow the issue, there is a nearly universal assertion the US is supporting the change.
Originally posted by maybereal11
Greenpeace et al in my opinion are entrenched ideolougues...and ideology I often agree with, but a flavor of extremists all the same.
If Greenpeace has thier way...everything would continue as usual and they would continue to ram ships.
I hope Pres Obama supports this proposal, but there is no direct evidence thus far he does...so, let's see.
What's wrong with Whaling, exactly?