The compliance with the whaling moratorium instituted by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) is voluntary. But Japan, Norway and Iceland continue to harvest whales under a “scientific study” loophole, claiming to kill only whales that are relatively plentiful such as the Minke whale. However, critics claim whale meat tested in Japan's fish markets reveal DNA of several whale species banned for any type of “take” including Blue, Humpback and Fin whales. Opponents say that since prohibited whale meat is sold in its restaurants, Japan’s research whaling program is actually commercial whaling in disguise. About 32,000 whales have been killed since the beginning of the 1986 IWC ban, and at least 1,500 whales are killed worldwide each year. But designated sanctuaries including those in the Indian and Southern Oceans, have had a positive effect on whale populations. Marine sanctuaries, off-limits to whaling, are places of refuge where whales can feed and breed, and where non-lethal scientific research can be done. Ironically, whale-watching has become a thriving industry accounting for more than $2 billion in annual revenue in 87 countries.

Proposed Legislation: Reintroduction of H.R.1568 — SAVE Right Whales Act (116th Congress 2019-2020)
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. Seth Moulton (MA)

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