New Legislation Reasserts U.S. Leadership for Whale Protection Worldwide
The International Whale Conservation and Protection Act of 2009 calls for the U.S. to renew its whale conservation leadership worldwide. The legislation comprehensively addresses major threats to whales including commercial whaling, ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear, ocean noise, and climate change.
“We must do all we can to protect whales both in our waters and abroad,” said
Elements of the legislation include:
- Promoting international efforts to conserve and protect the world’s whales throughout their range.
- Strengthening the whale conservation and protection efforts of relevant international organizations including the United Nations Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and the International Maritime Organization.
- Ensuring that the IWC commercial whaling ban is neither lifted nor weakened and that the related illegal and lethal scientific whaling is ended.
- Reducing and, where possible, eliminating sources of human caused death, injury, harassment and disturbance of the world’s whales.
- Initiating and expanding research to improve our understanding of the world’s whales including health and reproduction, whale habitats and the impacts of human activities and other threats to whales.
“The significance of this policy is that it is a comprehensive policy for whale conservation across
Whale protection is vital to the species’ recovery and sustainability. With a new Administration in place, now is the time for the U.S. to reestablish itself as a global leader in whale conservation. A new direction in policy is also supported by other animal welfare and wildlife conservation groups.
“The Bush administration brokered closed door deals that could reduce protections for whales and leave them vulnerable to commercial whaling,” said
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