Support the Creation of the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary

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Target: U.S. President Barack Obama

Goal: Create a permanent whale sanctuary in the south Atlantic.

The first item at this year’s International Whaling Commission meetings in Panama is a proposal that would create a permanent whale sanctuary in the south Atlantic. This proposal represents an important step towards protecting whale populations, but Japan is actively going against the proposal, bribing small countries to vote no. The U.S. must keep its word to reform commercial whaling and push for the proposal to pass.

Due in large part to U.S. leadership at last year’s International Whaling Commission (IWC), global leaders passed historic measures to reform the IWC. President Obama promised to continue strengthening the international moratorium on commercial whaling. Now, the proposal of the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary poses an unparalleled opportunity to secure another important win for marine conservation.

The creation of the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary would mean that the whales of the Southern Hemisphere could potentially live their whole lives in an area free from the threat of destructive commercial whaling. Due to industry interests, however, Japan is doing all it can, even bribing small countries, to stop this proposal from passing. If the U.S. delegation exercises strong support and leadership, the proposal can easily pass. The South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary is, without a doubt, the most straightforward way the U.S. administration can reach its goal of strengthening the moratorium on commercial whaling.

Sign the petition below to ask President Obama to keep his word and continue to use his power to push for reform measures that ensure the IWC works to protect whales, not industry.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear U.S. President Barack Obama,

Due in large part to U.S. leadership at last year’s International Whaling Commission (IWC), global leaders passed historic measures to reform the IWC. You also promised to continue strengthening the international moratorium on commercial whaling. Now, the proposal of the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary poses an unparalleled opportunity to do just that.

The creation of the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary would mean that the whales of the Southern Hemisphere could potentially live their whole lives in an area free from the threat of destructive commercial whaling. Due to industry interests, however, Japan is doing all it can, even bribing small countries, to stop this proposal from passing. If the U.S. delegation exercises strong support and leadership, the proposal can easily pass. The South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary is, without a doubt, the most straightforward way the U.S. administration can reach its goal of strengthening the moratorium on commercial whaling.

I urge you to keep your word and use your power as U.S. President to continue pushing for reform measures at the IWC that prioritize whales, not industry. Please show strong support and leadership at this year’s IWC meeting in Panama to ensure the proposal to create the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary passes.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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