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Jun 6, 2009
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Dear Care Friends,

After reading about the 55 whales who were beached and then shot in Cape Town last week, I've been doing research and found that so much greedful slaughter of whales is going on in the world!  There is an upcoming EU vote on allowing whaling in Japan.  Two Greenpeace Japanese men were arrested and are awaiting trial at the urging of the whaling commission for finding and turning over an unlawful shipment of whale meat to authorities for their investigation.  Please send this email to the EU with the correct date and your name and address at the end.  Thank you!  - Colleen

Email Address:  stavros.dimas@ec.europa.eu

Commissioner Stavros Dimas
European Commissioner for the Environment,
European Commission,
200, Rue de la Loi,
(BERL 11/112),
1049 – Brussels,
Belgium.

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Dear Commissioner Dimas,

I am writing to express my concern about matters relating to EU members of the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

I understand that the European Commission has decided upon a common position for EU members of the IWC. With a diversity of views amongst EU IWC members, I am concerned that trying to achieve a common position may result in weak common positions that could be detrimental to the conservation and welfare of whales, dolphins and porpoises. This might include EU abstentions on crucial votes.

Although the EU IWC members are provided with a Common Position it seems open to wide interpretation that could include allowing the resumption of some commercial whaling including in the coastal waters of Japan.

I am concerned about the lack of transparency and engagement of civil society in the EU’s decision making process in reaching the Common Position for EU IWC members. It is essential that the millions of European citizens who demand effective protection for whales, dolphins and porpoises are satisfactorily represented by the decision makers at IWC meetings. There must therefore be a process of transparency that ensures these representatives are accountable to and effectively represent the views of their citizens.

Please can you ensure that EU IWC members understand that interpretation of their Common Position means actively rejecting any initiatives that would allow the resumption of whaling including in the coastal waters of Japan.

It is essential that this group of IWC members is seen to play a leadership role in enhancing the conservation and welfare of all whales, dolphins and porpoises at a time of growing threats to them and their habitats.

Yours sincerely,

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Posted: Jun 6, 2009 8:47pm

 

 
 
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