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February 13, 2009

HSI Encourages Secretary Clinton to Stand up for Whales

Humane Society International

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travels to meet with Japanese officials Monday, Humane Society International calls on the secretary to affirm America's commitment to the international moratorium on commercial whaling. The issue is especially important in the wake of recent closed-door negotiations led by the previous administration's U.S. Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission, William Hogarth. The Hogarth proposal, if adopted at the June meeting of the IWC, would essentially overturn the ban on commercial whaling that has been in place since 1986.

"It would be a grave mistake to build from the blueprint for a compromised deal on whaling set out by the former administration," said Kitty Block, HSI vice president and an attorney who has been working on whaling issues for the past 13 years.

Whales are facing more threats than ever, including entanglement in commercial fishing gear, pollution, noise pollution and global warming — now is not the time to lift the moratorium. If this proposal were to be adopted, it would be a devastating blow to whale protection and conservation around the globe. It is our sincere hope that Secretary Clinton will convey to the Japanese people, and their government, that Americans want their full cooperation in the urgent work of protecting the world's whales from the many hazards that jeopardize their well-being in the current century. 

There will be a meeting of the International Whaling Commission in March to discuss the deal and another meeting in June to vote on it.

HSI is:

  • Collecting signatures to present to President Barack Obama the week before the March IWC meeting. Already 14,000 people have signed to show their support for whales.
  • Meeting with the new administration to help pave the way back to conserving the whale population.
  • Offering expertise on current pending proposals.
  • Lobbying government agencies and officials for whales.
  • Attending the IWC meetings in March and June.

To help, please click here and sign the petition to President Obama.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.

Humane Society International is the international arm of The Humane Society of the United States, one of the world's largest animal protection organizations — backed by 11 million people. HSI is creating a better future for animals and people through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide— On the web at hsi.org.

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