Wavering on Whales

INTERNATIONAL: Over the winter, Japanese whalers tried to kill their self-appointed scientific research whaling quota of over 1,200 Bryde's, fin, humpback, minke, sei and sperm whales. Norway upped its quota to 1,052 minke whales—slaughtered under its objection to the 20-year ban on commercial whaling. In the meantime, negotiations have officially stalled on the Revised Management Scheme, the rules that would govern whaling if the ban was lifted.

In the past half-decade, the US government policy on whaling seems to have shifted away from whale conservation and toward capitulation to the whalers. In preparation for this year's International Whaling Commission meeting, we implore National Marine Fisheries Service Director William Hogarth, the newly-appointed head of the US delegation to the Commission, to return whale protection to the top of the US agenda.