President Obama and the Secret Deal to Kill Whales

If only whales could scream then the world might listen
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Presidential Protection for Whales

Recent U.S. presidents have had a record of protecting whales:

  • President Reagan championed the global ban on commercial whaling in the early 1980s.
  • The Clinton Administration strongly supported the creation of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary around Antarctica.
  • The Bush administration held the line against commercial whaling.
  • During his campaign, President Obama promised that the U.S. would provide leadership in “strengthening the international moratorium on commercial whaling” and that “allowing Japan to continue commercial whaling is unacceptable.”

Let’s make sure President Obama honors his promise.

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It reads like a spy novel…and you’ll never guess “whodunit.”

After three years of backroom negotiations and closed-door meetings, a secret deal has emerged that would re-start the cruel commercial slaughter of our ocean’s great whales.

One of the environmental movement’s greatest achievements – about to be harpooned for the sake of profits and politics.

Please urge President Obama to intervene and stop this sellout!

So who’s behind this secret deal? Well you won’t be surprised by some of the usual suspects – Japan, Norway, and Iceland – as they never stopped killing whales despite the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling.

What might shock you, however, is that a major player in these negotiations is the United States!

That’s right, the same country that for decades has led the international fight to stop the cruel and unnecessary commercial slaughter of whales…whose president promised to be a leader on wildlife protections…is now behind the deal that would reintroduce commercial whaling. In fact, four out of the last five closed-door meetings that produced this plan have been held on American soil. This is a deal that was literally “made in the USA!”

Since President Reagan first championed passage of the international ban on commercial whaling in 1986, every American president has reasserted our nation’s strong leadership role in the fight to save whales.

But now – on President Obama’s watch – the United States is about to support a plan that will reintroduce legalized commercial whaling – this despite his campaign assurances that he would strengthen protections for whales.

Bloody Waters

As proposed, this plan would overturn the ban on commercial whaling and bloody the waters of the Southern Ocean Sanctuary by:

  • Approving the killing of whales for commercial purposes by Japan around Antarctica and in the North Pacific;
  • Officially opening the Southern Ocean Sanctuary to whaling, reversing the IWC’s own protections adopted in 1994;
  • Adding new rights for Japan to slaughter whales for profit in its coastal waters;
  • Allow continued whaling by Iceland and Norway in violation of long-agreed scientific procedures and the global whaling ban.

Rest assured, our whale team is working around the clock to stop this plan from going through. But now we urgently need your help.

Stopping the Sellout

For almost three decades, IFAW has been a leader in the fight to protect whales for future generations. With you by our side, we have won incredible victories for these graceful and gentle creatures.

Now all of these critical victories for whales are suddenly at grave risk. We must act quickly.

Please urge President Obama to intervene and stop this sellout!

Through this plan, member countries of the IWC are endorsing the gut-wrenching cruelty of commercial whaling: whales pursued to the point of exhaustion, then shot with exploding harpoons and left to flail in the water until they bleed to death or drown.

We can’t stand by and let this happen. This truly represents a defining moment for the whales and for the conservation movement.

You and I have a generational opportunity and a moral obligation to protect these innocent creatures.

So please send your message of protest to President Obama. Please do it today – right now.

Together we CAN stop this sellout and make sure this whale story has a happy ending.

Thank you,

Fred O'Regan Signature
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Fred O’Regan
IFAW President

p.s. Make no mistake, the reason you and I oppose whaling is because it’s cruel. Whales are hunted to exhaustion, shot with exploding harpoons, and then left to struggle for up to an hour before they bleed out and drown. We can’t allow this cruelty to be commercialized once again!
Act now to help us stop this sellout and save our whales!

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