Since the commercial whaling moratorium went fully into effect in 1986, Japan has used a loophole in IWC rules to continue to whale in the Antarctic. In spite of both the moratorium, and the creation of the Antarctic Sanctuary in 1994, Japan has killed thousands of minke whales in the Southern Ocean. This year, the Japanese decided to increase their take of minke whales, and plan to kill more than 3500 whales over the next eight years. Further minke whale hunts in the North Pacific have also taken place. The whale meat from these "scientific" hunts are sold on commercial markets, with each whale bringing in up to $10,000.
URGENT ACTION: CSI opposes the continued Japanese take of minke whales. We ask all members to write, or e-mail President Clinton, and urge him to apply sanctions against Japan for its whaling activities. The President now has two months to make such a decision, so prompt action is needed.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
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