We have tried everything possible within Peru to move the government to act. There has been no response. Now it's time to bring heavy duty international pressure on Peru to enforce its own laws requiring protection of dolphins.
At the International Whaling Commission just completed in Slovenia we met with members of the U.S. delegation and representatives from NOAA and the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission (MMC) to discuss what can be done to end the killing of dolphins for shark bait by Peruvian fishermen. The Executive Director of the MMC has reviewed our reports and passed them to the State Department. Why this course of action? Because treaties between the U.S.A. and Peru require certain standards of behavior with regard to the environment and by allowing the killing of dolphins, Peru is in violation of these norms. That could lead to trade sanctions.
Also at the IWC, we presented our fact sheets and DVDs on the tragedy to the Peruvian delegation. We discussed the situation with the German delegation who asked at the meeting to be advised of situations where dolphins are being harmed. We met with representatives of international media groups and, in addition, with NGOs from many Latin American nations comprising the Buenos Aires Group of whale and dolphin conservationists. This is an increasingly strong group who have united to protect cetaceans.
We are shooting a film for worldwide television exposing the dolphin slaughter. In addition to working through government agencies, we will produce this film exposing the deplorable policies of Peru with regard to the dolphins kills.