Do you think that this will help? Why? What about the food chains in the oceans? What obstacles do the whales still face? ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Thu, 9 May 96 00:24:00 UTC 0000 From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: Lobbyists want 50-year commerc Lobbyists want 50-year commercial whaling ban LONDON, May 7 (Reuter) - Environmental activists called on Tuesday for the ban on commercial whaling to be extended for at least 50 years while research is undertaken into new threats from pollution and climate changes. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a research group based in London and Washington, said in a report that whales and dolphins were dying in unprecedented numbers because of pollution, ozone depletion and climate change. "These new threats are just as deadly as the exploding harpoons," EIA chairman Allan Thornton told a news conference. Members of parliament from across the political spectrum backed the call for an extension of the moratorium on whaling imposed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 1986. They also want the ban to cover all whales and dolphins. Currently only 12 out of about 80 species are protected. Some countries, notably Japan and Norway, have found ways around the ban, but EIA officials were hopeful they might change their behaviour because of evidence of new environmental threats to the whale population. The problem will be discussed at the next meeting of the IWC in Aberdeen, Scotland, from June 24 to 28. Among the recent disasters detailed by the EIA in its report was the death of over 1,500 striped dolphins in the Mediterranean from a virus linked to high levels of pollutants and low food supply due to unusually warm water. Elsewhere, in the Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic 750 bottlenose dolphins were killed by a combination of pollution, a virus and a toxic algal growth caused by unseasonal weather. Similar growths wiped out a unique population of 14 humpback whales on the eastern coast of the United States.