by Daelyn Fortney
Categories: Animals
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Photo: video screen capture

Pierce Brosnan teamed up with Fred O’Regan of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to write a letter to President Barack Obama encouraging the 44th President to not endorse a plan proposed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) that would end the international ban on commercial whaling.

The plan, which would lift a worldwide whaling moratorium that has been in place since 1986, would be devastating to the giant mammals who already face more threats today than ever before due to illegal commercial whaling and habitat destruction.

“From the shores of Cape Cod to the California coast and across the political spectrum, Americans love whales,” the pair writes. “Five national surveys commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) over the past decade show overwhelming majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents want these intelligent, gentle creatures protected for future generations.”

In a video that accompanies the letter Brosnan reminds the President that, as a candidate, he promised to end illegal whaling. Unfortunately recent reports indicate that the Obama administration plans to support the IWC proposal.

The fate of the whales will be determined later this month when the International Whaling Commission (IWC) converges at an annual meeting in Agadir, Morocco.

Read Pierce Brosnan‘s letter on The Huffington Post.

  • Mick

    “From the shores of Cape Cod to the California coast and across the political spectrum, Americans love whales,”

    So they say. They fail to mention that Americans are killing whales too. They also fail to mention that this proposal does nothing to stop America, Russia and Greenland from continuing to kill whales. They also neglect to mention that the IFAW does not oppose the killing of whales by America, Russia and Greenland.

    • Cho cho ma

      Most of the whaling your talking about is tribal and traditional whaling. Although I am opposed to all whaling, you are leaving out that crucial aspect.

      • Mick

        “…leaving out that crucial aspect.”

        Not at all. I don’t consider the reason’s for killing whales to be “crucial” to the issue. Either you oppose hunting whales or you don’t. It is hypocritical and illogical to oppose the killing of whales by some people and not others.

  • Cho cho ma

    Well actually much of the native people need whales to survive where they do

    • Mick

      That’s not the point. Either it is okay to hunt whales or it is not. If one reason is valid, than other reasons are just as valid. If one group of whales can be hunted sustainably, than it is logical that another group of whales could be hunted sustainably.

      • Jennifer

        I am completely against whaling of any kind. However, if a small group of people kill a few whales a year to sustain their life…those whales, although it is unfortunate, were killed to save lives. I would prefer they found other ways to feed their people, but in some cases, that’s not possible. The countries that wish to lift the commercial ban of whaling do not wish to do so to save lives. They wish to do so for massive amounts of money. The reason for killing something DOES matter. The difference is that the Japanese are going to wipe whales off the face of this earth, not hunt them sustainably.

      • Mick

        Jennifer,

        You stated, “I am completely against whaling of any kind.” Then you say, “However, if a small group of people kill a few whales a year to sustain their life..”

        Which is it? Are you against whaling or not? Is it okay to kill a whale or not?
        Also, they’re not just killing “a few whales a year”. In 2008 the U.S. killed 50 endangered Bowhead whales. Russia killed 130 Gray whales and 2 Bowhead whales. West & East Greenland killed 14 Endangered Fin whales and 154 Minke whales.

        The Bowhead whales that America is killing has a total population is only about 14,000. While the Minke whale population in the SO is at least 500,000. How do you come to the conclusion that one hunt is sustainable and another hunt is not?

  • sidewinder

    All whaling should cease. It is cruel and unjustified.

    Japan is the engine room of global whaling and over fishing.

    What will they do when there is no tuna or whales left?

  • Kimitake Hiraoka

    Daelyn, how would the compromise plan in the IWC be “devastating to the giant mammals who already face more threats today than ever before due to illegal commercial whaling…”? The numbers being proposed are clearly not devastating and are entirely sustainable. Was your statement a deliberate lie to incite fear and panic? Tsk tsk.

    Also, who’s doing the illegal commercial whaling? I’d be curious to know.

  • Whoever…

    Oh I would love to hunt with my bare hands the likes of kimitake hiraoka, mick and so on… get a fucking life assholes! You’re human scum.

    Don’t you work or something? Parasites! Your life is worth less than the lives of the whales and all the other animals who are murdered by human monsters.

    “Pierce Brosnan Urges President Obama”
    President Obama!!! What a joke that guy turned out to be!
    He’s in bed with the NWO – he is just a puppet in their hands!

    He will solve nothing, he will fix nothing and he will let America go down!

    And to think that I rooted for him during the presidential campaign :(

    • Kimitake Hiraoka

      What is it with you anti-whaling types and a tendency towards violence? It’s like whenever you come across anyone who doesn’t share your hardline anti-whaling agenda, you just can’t wait to “get your hands on them” and throw some acid at them and fire chemically laced arrows at them. It’s very bizarre. I think you may need to do some introspection about this. It’s worrying behaviour.

      Need I remind you of Mr Peter Bethune? He went down that path and look at him. He’s facing 15 years in the slammer and his thug mates in Sea Shepherd have renounced and abondoned him.

      Nothing good comes of it, I’m telling you.

      Anyway, care to explain your position? Why do you oppose whaling? Minke and humpback whales aren’t endangered. Modern killing methods are quick if not instantaneous. What’s wrong with sustainable harvesting? Air your point of view. It will do more good than merely threatening violence.

      • http://s181454115.onlinehome.us Erik

        whoever is just ANOTHER limpd*cked impotent internet “superman”…
        mouthy, violent, and always blaming the “others” that don’t agree with him/her/it…

        he has the same mental processes as klebold and harris. Though, I’d dare say they had double his IQ…

      • Cho cho ma

        How dumb are you? If your going to lie I am sure you can do better then that! The arrows were for the dead whales not to shoot at people.

      • Cho cho ma

        Ya that explains the many recent recordings of whales taking 20+ minutes to die.

      • Jennifer

        Kimitake Hiraoka, have you ever watched a whale die by harpoon? HARDLY instantaneous. And people tend to get violent when someone like you encourages the pillaging of an innocent species.

      • Whoever…

        How interesting to see that the same people who insult Paul Watson and animal rights activists are the same who are very offended when someone else does the same thing to them!

        What, I hurt your feelings? Poor you… boo hoo!
        Oh wait, I thought you didn’t have feelings at all…

        Grow up assholes! It’s not so nice when you’re the ones being insulted and threatened is it?

        So it’s okay with you to murder whales (and all the other animals) but it’s not okay when someone becomes more violent to protect those non-human species!
        That is called speciesism – because to me human life is worth the same thing as non-human life and I have no problem with violence against those who persist in killing non-humans.

        Hard to understand? Well, I also find it difficult to understand why anyone would defend killing whales…

        What makes you right and me wrong?

      • Whoever….

        How interesting to see that the same people who insult Paul Watson and animal rights activists are the same who are very offended when someone else does the same thing to them!

        What, I hurt your feelings? Poor you… boo hoo!
        Oh wait, I thought you didn’t have feelings at all…

        Grow up assholes! It’s not so nice when you’re the ones being insulted and threatened is it?

        So it’s okay with you to murder whales (and all the other animals) but it’s not okay when someone becomes more violent to protect those non-human species!
        That is called speciesism – because to me human life is worth the same thing as non-human life and I have no problem with violence against those who persist in killing non-humans.

        Hard to understand? Well, I also find it difficult to understand why anyone would defend killing whales…

        What makes you right and me wrong?

  • David

    Hey che you want to share some of these ‘many’ recordings?

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  • Cho cho ma

    Well the whale they killed in front of Sea Shepherd took 20 minutes to die. Green peace video taped a whale taking over 30 minutes to die a few years ago.

    Anyway, a second of suffering is a second too long!!!

    • David

      As usual you post lies and when called on it try and tap dance out of it. And actually Aultman said it was 20 minutes from being shot until it had been transferred to the Nisshin Maru and they had started processing, so it was dead in less than 20 minutes.

      And if a second of suffering is too long then all animals killed whether farmed or wild most suffer too much.

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