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April 22, 2010

Humane Society International Opposed to Whaling Commission Proposal

WASHINGTON — Kitty Block, vice president of Humane Society International, issued the following reaction to the proposal by the International Whaling Commission, announced on Earth Day:

"In a misguided effort to address the problems created by the rogue whaling nations of Japan, Iceland, and Norway and to reduce the acrimony at the IWC, a number of well-meaning nations, including the United States, have proffered a deal that if adopted in June will suspend the moratorium for 10 years and usher in commercial whaling in the world's largest whale protective sanctuary," said Block. "The United States government would better serve the whales and the American people by promoting a phase down and out of all whaling, rather than a proposal to prop up a dying industry."

This deal will be the subject of a vote at the 62nd IWC meeting in Agadir, Morocco in June.

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