A moratorium is a delay or suspension of an activity or a law. In a legal
context, it may refer to the temporary suspension of a law to allow a legal challenge to be carried out.
For example, animal rights
activists and conservation
authorities may request fishing or hunting moratoria to protect endangered
or threatened animal species. These delays, or suspensions, prevent people from hunting or fishing the animals in discussion.
Another instance is a delay of legal obligations or payment (''debt moratorium
''). A legal official can order due to extenuating circumstances, which render one party incapable of paying another.
*Justice delayed is justice denied
*2010 U.S. Deepwater Drilling Moratorium
*Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam
*UN moratorium on the death penalty