Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi introduced a resolution Tuesday that opposes the proposed resumption of commercial whaling and the 10-year quotas for gray whales as proposed by the International Whaling Commission. The board will vote Tuesday on the resolution.
“The international whaling commission is going to consider approving at its annual meeting coming up this June a 10-year commercial whaling quota that will allow hunting of California Gray Whales,” Mirkarimi said. “I am submitting a resolution that urges the U.S. delegation to oppose any agreements that allow commercial whaling or sets quotas.”
Mirkarimi said that the gray whale already has to face enough threats to its life as it is with chemical pollution, commercial marine noise pollution and marine traffic.
“Increasingly the number of whales that are coming up on shore dead or near dead is increasing each year — California shores in particular,” he said.
Mirkarimi will join Greenpeace and others for a Save the Whales rally on Sunday, May 23, on the steps of City Hall.