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Legalizing Commerical Whale Hunting

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Blog Editor: “The following email came last Monday and details the international butchery of whales that is about to commence on a global scale over the next few years, an all out onslaught of personal benefits at the cost of sentient beings that have as much right to life as we do which was determined in 1986. It is a sad day when your world is so infested with greed that is becomes unbearable. Help stop the psychopaths of power perpetrating diseased minds that rape the earth for profits in all forms.”

Letter obtained from avaaz.org for immediate release

Dear friends,

A new proposal would lift the global ban on commercial whale hunting. Countries are deciding their positions on it now, so an outcry is needed — sign to protect the ban and save the whales:

The International Whaling Commission has just unveiled a proposal to legalize commercial whale hunting for the first time in 24 years.

Countries are now deciding their first responses — and they’re watching public reaction closely. New Zealand called its provisions — which include a legal quota for hunting endangered fin whales — “offensive,” “unacceptable,” and “inflammatory.” But other key nations are rumoured to be leaning in support of it. They need to hear from us now.

Avaaz has launched an urgent petition to show our leaders their people want to protect whales, not hunt, kill, and sell them. Already, 400,000 people have signed — and the petition is being sent to the International Whaling Commission each time it reaches another 100,000 signatures. Sign here and forward this message.

A strong international consensus has opposed whaling for decades — but for just as long, Japan, Norway, and Iceland have continued to hunt whales, ignoring the global ban on whaling or exploiting a loophole by claiming their expeditions were “scientific research.” Now they could be rewarded by this “compromise” proposal, in which their commercial whaling would be made legal in exchange for unenforceable promises to slowly reduce their yearly catch.

Worse still, a number of other countries are watching the process closely in hopes of launching their own whaling programs. If Japan, Norway, and Iceland can hunt whales and sell their meat, others will ask “if them, why not us?”

It’s time to save the whales — again. The IWC proposal will be voted up or down by country delegates this June, but their positions are hardening fast — let’s respond massively, right away, everywhere. Click here and forward this message to oppose the legalization of commercial whale hunting.

Forty years ago, whales were on the brink of extinction. But thanks to a global social movement, the world banned commercial whaling in 1986. The ban is one of the environmental movement’s great triumphs.

Today, whales still face many threats: not just the whalers’ harpoons, but also climate change, destruction of ecosystems by overfishing and pollution, and nets intended for other fish. A renewed wave of commercial whaling could devastate these extraordinarily intelligent and social cousins of humanity. This is no time to move backwards.

With hope,

Ben, Ricken, Paula, Iain, David, Luis, and the whole Avaaz team

SOURCES:

“Whaling plan draws anger from green groups” – BBC, 22 April 2010
http://www.avaaz.org/whaling_green_anger

“IWC whaling proposal ‘offensive'” – New Zealand Herald, 23 April 2010
http://www.avaaz.org/whales_offensive

Background on the 1986 international moratorium on whaling:
http://www.avaaz.org/international_whaling_moratorium

Read the actual proposal here (PDF format):
http://www.avaaz.org/whale_proposal

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