H.Con.Res.287 - Calling for a United States policy of promoting the continuation, for a minimum of an additional 10 years, of the International Whaling Commission's moratorium on the commercial killing of whales, and otherwise expressing the sense of the Congress with respect to conserving and protecting the world's whale populations.101st Congress (1989-1990)
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|Latest Action:||Senate - 06/29/1990 Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Voice Vote. (All Actions)|
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Text: H.Con.Res.287 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)
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--H.Con.Res.287-- H.Con.Res.287 Agreed to June 29, 1990. One Hundred First Congress of the United States of America AT THE SECOND SESSION Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday, the twenty-third day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety Concurrent Resolution Whereas whales are a unique marine resource of great esthetic and scientific interest and are a vital part of the marine ecosystem; Whereas the indefinite moratorium on commercial whale killing adopted by the International Whaling Commission in 1982 to take effect in 1986 is subject to review and reconsideration in 1990; Whereas this moratorium has not yet resulted in a full cessation of whale killing for commerce; Whereas there remain great uncertainties as to the true status of whale populations, due to the difficulty of studying them, their slow reproductive rate, and the unpredictability of their recovery even when fully protected; Whereas whales are subject to grave environmental threats from nonhunting causes such as pollution, loss of habitat, increased shipping, oil and gas exploration, and the use of driftnets and other nonselective fishing techniques, which underscore the need for special safeguards for whale survival; Whereas the International Whaling Commission has not yet demonstrated its capability for strict and truly international monitoring and enforcement, and for insistence on humane killing methods; Whereas powerful moral and ethical questions have been raised regarding the killing of whales for profit; and Whereas a full decade free of whale killing for commercial purposes is the bare minimum necessary to seek satisfactory answers to the questions, concerns, and uncertainties cited above: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of the Congress that-- (1) United States policy should promote the maximum conservation and protection of the world's whale populations; (2) toward that goal, the United States should work to continue the International Whaling Commission moratorium on the commercial killing of whales and maintain zero catch limits for all whale stocks for at least another decade, that is, to the year 2000 or beyond; (3) in addition, the United States should work to strengthen the International Whaling Commission as the indispensable organization for safeguarding for future generations the great natural resources represented by the whale stocks, and should encourage the Commission to establish and carry out long-term programs of nonlethal research and comprehensive assessment for all whale stocks on a global basis, including small cetaceans; and (4) in so promoting the conservation and protection of the world's whale populations, the United States should make the fullest use of diplomatic channels, appropriate domestic and international law, and all other available means. Attest: Clerk of the House of Representatives. Attest: Secretary of the Senate.