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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.

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