Whales need more help than ever at the International Whaling Commission
The 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) is being held in Portoroz, Slovenia from 15-18th September. After a two year break, this meeting is going to be an important one. It is the first meeting since the International Court of Justice ruled in Australia’s favour in its case with New Zealand against Japan’s whaling in Antarctica.
Sadly, this landmark legal ruling has not stopped many countries from seeking to further circumvent and dilute the global ban on commercial whaling and those of us who care about whales need to stand firm against these efforts. Humane Society International (HSI) has a longstanding history of working on whale conservation and welfare and we will be doing our utmost to protect the whales at this key meeting.
A number of tricky issues are on this year’s agenda which threaten to put the whales in greater peril and Countries around the world will be looking to Australia on how we respond. Yet, politicians including our own in Australia appear less engaged than ever. HSI, like all Australians, is strongly opposed to whaling for commercial gain and it is essential that Australia and like-minded countries retain this strong position.
Please write to Environment Minister Greg Hunt MP and help us to remind our politicians that whaling and what is decided at the IWC continues to matter both to us and the whales. We have created a letter for you to email.
Please take action by Friday 12th September 2014
If you want to learn more about HSI’s involvement in helping to stop whaling in the Antarctic please read HSI Campaign Director Michael Kennedy's Blog
HSI will be reporting daily from IWC65 – you can read our updates from 15th September here
Please send us copies of any responses you receive.