Protect the whaling ban, protect whales!

Take action: Protect the whaling ban, protect whales!

On 22 June over 80 governments will meet to decide the future of the world’s whales. More than 25 years after the global ban on commercial whaling was passed, these intelligent mammals are in danger once more.

At the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) annual meeting in Portugal, member countries will consider a proposal to allow coastal whaling – effectively lifting the international ban and spelling disaster for whales.

Many governments – maybe even your government – seem dangerously interested in accepting the proposal; they believe it could act as leverage to control Japan’s so-called ‘scientific’ whaling.

A dangerous compromise
Unfortunately, this is not the case. Bartering with coastal whaling quotas will not guarantee that fewer whales are killed by Japan, Norway and Iceland, all of whom defy the ban.

Instead, this proposal would open the floodgates for this cruel industry to grow worldwide.

Whaling subjects gentle, warm-blooded mammals to rifle fire and exploding harpoons, and ultimately an agonising death. Many hundreds will suffer from horrific explosion wounds for up to an hour before finally dying.

If we act now we can prevent this >>

Ensure the IWC votes for whales, not whaling
The world’s whales urgently need you to tell your national representative at the International Whaling Commission to uphold the blanket ban on commercial whaling.

If your nation is not represented at the IWC, you can still take action: write to the foreign ministers of Iceland, Japan or Norway, asking them to cease commercial and ‘scientific’ whaling on welfare grounds.

Please protect whales today. You can choose to take the action in Dutch, English, German, Portuguese or Spanish >>

http://www.wspa-international.org/latestnews/2009/whaling_action.aspx

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One Response

  1. As a Norwegian native I am appaled that my country still allows whaling. I hope to change this, by telling the government to rethink what they are doing in their slaughter of these beautiful creatures. But I need support in my case, and I hope that you and everyone you know who support this cause, to sign my petition to stop Norwegian whaling. Thank you!

    http://www.petitiononline.com/JMM/petition.html

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