by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Photo: Courtesy of IFAW

kristen bauer

True Blood’s Kristen Bauer help lead a rally yesterday in Washington, D.C. to raise support against a proposal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) which would legalize commercial whaling for the first time in three decades. Afterwards, attendees marched with whales to the White House to urge President Obama to safeguard the species and reject the deal at the upcoming IWC meeting.

“It’s time to finally do the right thing for whales and also for us as Americans. And this proposal being released today, of all days, does not decrease the killing or do the right thing,” remarked Bauer.

Representatives from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Greenpeace, The Humane Society of the United States, and the Earth Day Network were all on hand to help support the rally.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • don miguelo

    So, what’s going on here, IWC wants to control the countries doing the “hunting” by getting them to sign on for a limited number of catch counts? How long will those catch counts last at those lower levels? Isn’t it a mixed message to allow it rather than just ban it altogether?

    As it is right now, the 3 major countries that do whaling all use exceptions to avoid the Moratorium (i.e. they never signed on, they are doing scientific Research (barf), they are getting more statistics on whale populations blah blah blah).
    What is their incentive to sign on with the IWC? That it will be officially legal?

    I doubt that they will sign on if their catch numbers are 1/3 of what they are bringing in now on.

    Thanks Kristen Bauer for caring and making a statement. Just saw DisneyNature’s “Oceans” and it really brings home how amazing whales are and how humans could do so much better by them.

    • Robert

      Hey don, Oceans is indeed very good indeed :)

      Really sickening though that people have to fish for whales for food. Hope they ban it altogether. And to Kristen Bauer, we appreciate celebrities like you who are willing to use their fame to do good things

      • mkay

        This is just Japan at it again bribing other countries and lying to the international community so they can rape the worlds oceans and environment.

  • Mick

    I find it outrageous that Obama is even considering going along with this. What a disappointment he has been when it comes to protecting animals and the environment — allowing offshore drilling, the continuation of mountaintop removal, killing wolves, killing wild mustangs, and more; and now, possibly allowing commercial whaling to start up again! :(

    • herwin

      Mick, you are so right, its outrageous ! especially the possibility of giving poachers a license to kill is absurd and if this would ever happen with a Bush or other republican as president, nobody would be fooled about what was going on.But its the tiny things like having an Organic Garden at the White House and Michelle Obama being on Sesame street promoting organic veggies, that gives them a green image, i am afraid…

      • Linda

        I just can’t believe it. What an outrage. Promoting organic veggies? They need a serious reality check if they really want to contribute any good to this world. I voted for Obama precisely because he appeared to be against offshore drilling during the presidential campaign. And now, what???