Posted by: kinshipcircle | April 5, 2009

DEMAND WHALE CONSERVATION OVER KILLING

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3/29/09: Demand Whale Conservation Over Killing


LT: Minke whale. Juergen Freund. OCEANS. Ribbon Reefs, Great Barrier Reef,
Australia. RT: A Bryde’s whale lies on the deck of a Japanese whaling
vessel. The species is listed as “Data Deficient” on the IUCN Red List and
current population numbers are not known. (Institute for Cetacean Research)

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FULL CONTACT INFORMATION. Sample letter follows
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President Barack Obama
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
comments: 202-456-1111; switchboard: 202-456-1414
fax: 202-456-2461; web mail: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
THERE IS NO PUBLIC EMAIL ADDRESS FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA.
Please take the time to fax or snail-mail comments to him.

The International Whaling Commission
The Red House, 135 Station Road
Impington, Cambridge
Cambridgeshire CB24 9NP, UK
ph: +44 (0) 1223 233 971; fax: +44 (0) 1223 232 876
email: secretariat@iwcoffice.org, iwcjournal@iwcoffice.org, webmaster@iwcoffice.org

Nick J. Rahall II, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman
Committee on Natural Resources
1324 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
ph: 202-225-6065; fax: 202-225-1931
web mail: http://www.rahall.house.gov/?sectionid=9&sectiontree=9

Otto J. Wolff, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20230
ph: 202-482-2000; email: owolff@doc.gov, webmaster@doc.gov

Nancy Sutley, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality
722 Jackson Place, NW
Washington, DC 20503
ph: 202-395-5750; fax: 202-456-6546
Jon Carson, Chief Of Staff for Nancy Sutley: jcarson@ceq.eop.gov
Horst Greczmiel, CEQ Associate Director, NEPA: horst_greczmiel@ceq.eop.gov
Edward Boling, General Counsel: eboling@ceq.eop.gov

Ms. Hilary Clinton, Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
ph: 202-647-4000; fax: 202-647-2283
web mail: http://contact-us.state.gov/cgi-bin/state.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php
presidential campaign email (no guarantee): questions@friendsofhillary.com

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for
Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room 5128
Washington, DC 20230
ph: 202-482-3436; email: jane.lubchenco@noaa.gov

Marine Mammal Commission
4340 East-West Highway, Suite 700
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
ph: 301-504-0087; fax: 301-504-0099
email: mmc@mmc.gov, tragen@mmc.gov, bgisiner@mmc.gov, pthomas@mmc.gov

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OFFICIALS (FROM ABOVE) WITH EMAIL ADDRESSES:
secretariat@iwcoffice.org, iwcjournal@iwcoffice.org,
webmaster@iwcoffice.org,  owolff@doc.gov, webmaster@doc.gov,
jcarson@ceq.eop.gov, horst_greczmiel@ceq.eop.gov, eboling@ceq.eop.gov,
questions@friendsofhillary.com, jane.lubchenco@noaa.gov, mmc@mmc.gov,
tragen@mmc.gov, bgisiner@mmc.gov, pthomas@mmc.gov

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President Barack Obama
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Nick J. Rahall II, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman
http://www.rahall.house.gov/?sectionid=9&sectiontree=9

Ms. Hilary Clinton, Secretary of State
http://contact-us.state.gov/cgi-bin/state.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php

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Dear Mr. President and Honorable Government Officials:

The United States once played a vital part in protecting whales and their
oceanic habitat. As a nonpartisan voice for the International Whaling
Commission (IWC), it helped shape decades of sound conservation.

That’s about to change if U.S. IWC Commissioner Dr. William Hogarth
successfully removes a key safeguard for these giant marine mammals.

Whales are already vulnerable to pollution, global warming, sonar, drilling,
fishnet entrapment, ship strikes, habitat loss and more human hazards. Yet
Dr. Hogarth wants to dilute the IWC’s moratorium on commercial whaling.

Granted, the commercial ban has been difficult to enforce. Japan, Iceland
and Norway have long exploited an IWC exemption for “scientific whaling.”
There is no rationale for butchering whales to analyze migration, age,
ecology or behavior. Eminent scientists and legal authorities rebuke
“scientific whaling” as pointless. In fact, science-based slaughter is a
veil for commerce in whale meat.

Dr. Hogarth further undercuts whale preservation with his proposal to accept
some commercial whaling and allow it in coastal waters. I encourage you to
appoint the Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) as the U.S. IWC Commissioner and oppose strategies that endorse
Special Permit catches or “Coastal Whaling.” I hope you will uphold IWC
regulations and discount any type whaling presently forbidden under them.

The U.S. ought to use its clout to halt whaling from Japan, Iceland and
Norway — not appease them with watered down rules. Japan, in particular,
has continually defied international treaty obligations and hunted
endangered whales. Moreover, whale hunts are profoundly inhumane. Harpoons
explode inside their bodies. It can take a half to full hour for a whale to
die. Some, tied to the side of ships, suffocate as they thrash in vain.

Please revitalize America’s leadership in the IWC with a U.S. Commissioner
who facilitates conservation instead of killing.

Thank you,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
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Urge Obama to Stop Plan to Slaughter Whales
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/705737795?z00m=19747563
Whaling Commission Political Deal Could Overturn Moratorium
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/mar2009/2009-03-13-03.asp
U.S. Plan to Expand Whaling Released
http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw_international/media_center/press_releases/02_02_2009_52206.php
Legislator wants USF dean off whaling commission
http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/wildlife/article973344.ece
Letter To President Obama For Coalition Of Animal Organizations
http://www.acsonline.org/issues/whaling/Ltr0901WhalesNeedUs.html

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