22 Jul '11, 10am

U.S. Declares Iceland in Defiance of Global Commercial Whaling Ban

WASHINGTON (July 20, 2011) – U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced today in a formal declaration that Iceland is undermining the effectiveness of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) by hunting whales in defiance of the IWC’s global ban on commercial whaling. As a result, President Obama now has 60 days to decide whether to impose economic measures including trade sanctions against Iceland under conservation legislation known as the “Pelly Amendment.” Conservation and animal welfare groups commend Locke’s declaration and urge the President to pursue sanctions. “U.S. citizens overwhelmingly oppose commercial whaling,” said Kitty Block of Humane Society International. “It is both inhumane and unsustainable.” Kate O’Connell of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society said, “President Obama has a unique opportunity to demonstrate U.S. leadership on...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2011/WWFPres...

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