Help Save the Whales on Sunday
May 20, 2010
The International Whaling Commission is scheduled to discuss the moratorium at its June meeting and activists want the White House to send a firm anti-whaling message to commission members.
Locally, an anti-whaling rally, Save the Whales Again, is being planned for Sunday at 10 a.m. at Morro Rock. Scheduled speakers include actor-activist Timothy Bottoms (“Last Picture Show”), John Laird, Democratic candidate for state senate, county supervisor Bruce Gibson, Sarah Christie from the California Coastal Commission, and Mandy Davis from Sea Shepherd.
Petitions calling for the moratorium will be available for signature. Online petitions are also available.
“President Obama is on the verge of breaking a promise to support a worldwide moratorium on whaling,” Davis said. “This has brought criticism from people all over the country.”
Japan, Iceland, and Norway currently engage in whaling activities. Critics claim that Obama is reluctant to jeopardize U.S.-Japan relations over the issue. They point to the White House’s initial support for a draft agreement by the International Whaling Commission to open up whaling again.