anti-whalers condemn massive Norwegian whale kill
’s Whale Alliance, a coalition of US based
anti-whaling groups, has condemned
after the announcement that the extended Norwegian whale-hunting
season ended last week with a reported 639 minke whales killed .
According to the Norwegian Raw Fish Sales Organization about 800
tons of whale meat have been sold to whale meat producers while
the blubber, which is heavily contaminated with toxic pollutants,
has been thrown into the sea.
to reports, a special working group has been convened to examine
ways to increase public demand for whale meat in order to justify
a dramatic increase in quotas for next year. This season new whale
products have been introduced such as whale ‘ham’ and sliced
whale ‘beef’ in an attempt to boost public consumption.
‘Whale burgers’ were even served up at a rock festival this
announced plans to more than double the whale kill next year to
over 1500 whales. Norway unilaterally resumed commercial
whaling in 1993 in defiance of a global ban on commercial whaling.
Norwegian whalers have killed over 6,000 minke whales, mostly
pregnant females, since then. AWA believes it is the lack of
international pressure that is encouraging
to kill even more whales each year.
Drake of AWA said yesterday ‘
is literally getting away with murder on the high seas while the
just sits back and does nothing’. She added ‘The US
could and should apply sanctions against Norwegian imports and
stop this cruel slaughter overnight. That’s what we and the vast
majority of the American people want.’
has domestic fisheries laws, including the Pelly and
Packwood-Magnuson Amendments (1), that could
invoke economic sanctions against countries like
that violate international conservation agreements such as the
International Whaling Commission’s ban on whaling. According to
recent polls, over 75% of Americans support the international ban
on whaling and 66% approve of applying trade sanctions against
those countries defying the ban (2). However, so
far the US has not taken any punitive action against the defiant
whalers and is actively involved in negotiations to legitimize
had set a quota for 796 minke whales for their
2005 whaling season, but fell short. "The whalers have
been quick to blame high fuel prices as the reason for this year's
reduced numbers of whales killed, because they don't want to
acknowledge that whale numbers may actually be in decline.
This is even more frightening because prior to the implementation
of the whaling ban, the NE minke whale population was deemed to be
below the protection threshold by the International Whaling
Commission” said Drake.
Whale Alliance, representing millions of Americans, wants the
United States Government to apply sanctions to countries such as
that are killing whales in defiance of an international Treaty.
many more whales must die before the US Government starts
reflecting the sentiment of the majority of American
citizens and takes action?’ said Drake.
- The Pelly Amendment (22
U.S.C. §§ 1971-1979)authorizes the President to prohibit the
importation of products from countries that allow fishing
operations that diminish the effectiveness of an international
fishery conservation program or that engage in trade or taking
that diminishes the effectiveness of an international program for
endangered or threatened species.
2 - Harris Interactive and Market Strategies -
June 2005 opinion poll
behalf of America's Whale Alliance
Tamara Drake 541.552-0502