July 2010

Moratorium on commercial whaling remains in place

In a big win for BioGems Defenders, the International Whaling Commission recently decided to postpone action on a controversial proposal that would have legalized commercial whaling. The proposal, which was vigorously opposed by NRDC and other conservation groups, would have allowed the killing of whales for profit for the first time in a generation. Despite a worldwide moratorium on whaling that came into effect in 1986, Japan, Iceland and Norway have continued to kill whales under the guise of "scientific research" and other loopholes. Even though the moratorium remains in place for now, the IWC could still revisit a similar proposal next year. If that happens, we'll be sure to mobilize our BioGems Defenders, who have already sent more than 94,000 messages in opposition to the plan. In the meantime, whales continue to be slaughtered and NRDC will continue advocating that the IWC put an end to all commercial whaling once and for all.