Target: International Whaling Commission (IWC)
Goal: Force Japan, Norway and Iceland to stop whaling
In 1986, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) passed a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling and almost every country has complied. But Japan, Norway and Iceland have refused to adhere to the moratorium and continue whaling. The IWC needs to stop these countries from continuing whaling operations, either through talks or through fines and fees. Whaling was unregulated before the commission was created and several whale populations had been depleted significantly. Several whale species also were severely endangered. Since the 1986 ban, whale populations have increased and many are no longer endangered.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), “Several populations of southern right whales, humpbacks in many areas, grey whales in the eastern North Pacific, and blue whales in both the eastern North Pacific and central North Atlantic have begun to show signs of recovery.” Populations of many other whales species are also increasing proving the moratorium to be effective. However, Japan, Norway and Iceland are ignoring the ban and are continuing whaling in the ocean.
Killing whales is often done by shooting a harpoon into it that then explodes inside of its body. A cruel and inhumane method, it can take anywhere from several minutes to a few hours for the whale to die. Sustaining the current whale population and stopping inhumane killing methods are two valid and important reasons to enforce the current moratorium. As long as these three countries, who are the biggest offenders continuing to ignore and break these rules, ICW needs to enforce its ban through public discussions or impose fines/penalties on each offending party.
Dear International Whaling Commission,
Thank you so much for your 1986 moratorium, banning whaling outright. However, Japan, Norway, Iceland and a few other countries are still whaling to this day, disregarding this ban. I urge you to contact the offending countries and to come up with a solution to enforce this ban.
Whaling is cruel and inhumane and several whale populations had decreased significantly before this ban was enacted. Many whale species were also endangered. Thankfully, whale populations have increased and some species are no longer severely endangered. But unless we hold accountable nations that are flagrantly ignoring the moratorium, we could find ourselves once again facing lower whale population numbers. Please come up with a way to effectively enforce this ban and stop whaling countries from killing and endangering these beautiful creatures.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: mikebaird via Flickr