Humane Society International secured a historic decision from the Australian Federal Court Tuesday which could save hundreds of whales from the Japanese harpoon.
The Federal Court has confirmed that the Japanese whaling company Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha, Ltd. is in breach of Australian law when it kills hundreds of whales in the Australian Whale Sanctuary and has ordered that the hunt be stopped.
This is the first time the Japanese whalers have been taken to court and the court's decision confirms that the hunt is illegal. HSI Australia will serve the order that the hunt be stopped at the company's headquarters in Tokyo right away and we call on them to abandon the hunt immediately.
Join us in calling on the Rudd government to live up to their pre-election commitment to enforce the Federal Court injunction against the whalers immediately so that no more whales are killed in the Australian Whale Sanctuary this summer. Sign the petition to Prime Minister Rudd now!
Whale Call, an Australian based NGO, whale conservation and research organization, in its bid to have a halt placed against the illegal and inhumane slaughter of threatened and endangered species of whales, including 50 endangered humpbacks, an act which is under international condemnation, puts it to the Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, and the Federal Minister for the Environment, Malcolm Turnbull, what their intentions are to saving these whales, and to make a pledge, to protect them in their feeding grounds in Australian Territorial waters, which the Japanese Government's 'JARPA 2 whale research program' plans to slaughter over 1,000 whales this year.
Not only is this an illegal and inhumane act, but you cannot eat whale, or even dolphin meat for that matter. It is very poisonous, being highly toxic with methylmercury, PCB's, cadmium, and dioxins, and is unsafe for human consumption, especially pregnant women and young school children who are being fed whale, and dolphin meat, in Japan's school canteens. Also their pets health is at risk. Dog biscuits are made from whale meat and cat food from dolphin meat. The dangerous health problems caused from eating whale, or dolphin meat, is called Minamata Disease, and goes straight to the fetus of a pregnant women upon consuming whale meat. Another very good reason for Japan, and other whaling nations, to put a halt to their whaling programs.
Whale Call would appreciate your caring participation in signing this very important petiton so it can be presented to the Australian Government.
Warning; the accompanying film is very graphic and children should ask their parents to supervise any viewing.
“every drop of rain that falls ends up in the mouths of whales – it is up to humans to control what substances enter that raindrop during its journey to the ocean”
The Navy's sonic assault on whales should be stopped immediately. I'm asking for your help to make it happen.
Let me be clear: I have the deepest respect for the U.S. Navy. When I was growing up, my father was a doctor and commander in the Navy. His role in helping to establish a base at the South Pole in 1957, as part of the International Geophysical Year, had a lifelong impact on me.
We loved the Navy because it helped win World War II. But we also loved the Navy because it was a leader in the scientific study of the natural world.
That's why I feel so strongly that today's Navy should be using its vast resources to protect not just our nation but the health of our planet’s oceans as well.
And it's why I am so distressed by the acoustic onslaught the Navy is now waging beneath our planet's oceans -- an onslaught known to kill whales with dangerous mid-frequency sound waves.
Mid-frequency sonar is designed to detect enemy submarines. The Navy's warships deploy underwater speakers that blast the ocean with noise in excess of 235 decibels -- a sonic barrage roughly comparable to a Saturn V rocket at blast-off.
That explosive level of noise can cause whales -- who have an exquisite sense of hearing -- to panic, surface too quickly, and hemorrhage internally. Many beached whales have been found bleeding around their brains and ears after their fatal encounters with military sonar.
Imagine a sound so disorienting or so painful that you jump out of the sea and die on the beach rather than be subjected to it for another minute! From a whale's point of view, the Navy's sonic assault must seem like torture.
But that torture isn't just cruel, it's unnecessary.
You see, the Navy could adopt simple safety measures when training with sonar that would prevent the needless infliction of pain and death on these magnificent animals. For example, the Navy could avoid marine habitats where whales are known to migrate, feed, and raise their young. These common-sense precautions would not compromise military readiness.
But the Navy refuses. So the maiming and killing of whales goes on.
This callousness toward nature -- toward the ocean itself -- does not reflect the Navy I grew up with. We deserve better. And, as Americans, it's our right to demand better.
Our message is simple: Whales should not have to die for military practice.
Please join me and millions of other people in getting that message to the U.S. Navy and to Congress. Click here now and tell the Navy to do the right thing.
Then please help us build a nationwide outcry by forwarding this message to your friends and family members who would want to know about the Navy's reckless assault on whales and other marine life.
Let's not wait for hundreds, or even thousands, more whales to suffer and die. Please stand with me in demanding a more humane Navy right now.
Skye Bartoli is a 14 year old environmentalist from Anna Bay on the mid north coast of NSW in Australia and she represents teens against whaling. Skye is very passionate towards the protection of whales and has already won several awards. She won the ‘Girlfriend of the year’ model award last year, and a youth environmental award which she received on Australia Day 2007.
Skye’s love of whales, and dolphins, began 3 years ago when she was invited on board the Nelson Bay whale watching vessel, ‘Imagine’, to go out and see the whales that were passing by on their annual migration north to their birthing grounds in Queensland , and she has hardly missed a trip since.
Skye has been working very hard for the whales and has collected many petition signatures for Whale Call and IFAW, upon whose vessel she has been on board following the whales. She will be the teenage ambassador representing teens from around the world against whaling at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Alaska this year and will present petitions to the Commisioner and deligates..
Skye is fundraising for the expenses to take her and her mother, Monique, overseas to this most important IWC meeting.
Please help Skye by donating towards her overseas trip to the WWC meeting in June by going to her website at www.teensagainstwhaling.com.
Japan's largest supermarket corporation says it may be unsafe to eat
Every year from October through March in small towns along the Japanese coast, fishermen perpetrate the largest massacre of marine mammals in the world, killing more than 20,000 dolphins, porpoises and small whales in the most brutal way imaginable. They use loud noises to disorient and herd whole pods into shallow bays, then slaughter the helpless cetaceans with sharp spears and hooks. Most of them are butchered for meat that is sold in restaurants and supermarkets in Japan and other Asian countries.
IDA has long been at the forefront of the international effort to end the Japanese drive fishery, teaming up with the Animal Protection Institute, One Voice, Earth Island Institute and the Elsa Nature Conservatory to conduct the Save the Taiji Dolphins campaign (http://www.SaveJapanDolphins.org). We have some great news to report about the campaign which will be a major blow to the dolphin meat industry.
On November 1st, 2006 the Japan Times ran a front-page story about the dangerous levels of mercury found in the dolphin meat sold in supermarkets. The article cited a three-year study by respected Japanese scientist Dr. Tetsuya Endo which found one sample contaminated with 26 micrograms of methyl mercury -- 87 times greater than the government's provisional permitted concentration of 0.3 micrograms per gram of flesh. Because overconsumption of methyl mercury is known to cause severe brain damage and birth defects, the researchers therefore concluded that dolphin meat is unsafe for anyone to eat.
Famed dolphin advocates Richard O'Barry (http://www.dolphinproject.org/?pageid=21299) and his wife Helene presented these facts recently to representatives of the Okuwa Supermarket Corporation, the largest grocery chain in Japan. Last week, Okuwa announced that they would no longer sell dolphin meat in their stores as long as the health risks remain.
As the leader in Japan's grocery industry, Okuwa sets the standard for other supermarkets, which will now have a hard time justifying the sale of dolphin meat when their major competitor says it is unsafe to eat.
While other countries may still import tainted dolphin meat, it is likely that the lucrative consumer market for this product in Japan will eventually dissolve if Okuwa's ban holds, delivering a major financial blow to the drive fishery. Just as important, Okuwa's action signals a wider recognition that dolphin meat is poisonous, and continuing to serve it to the Japanese public is unacceptable (and maybe even illegal). If Japanese dolphin hunters continue the slaughter, it will show that profit matters more to them than either people's health or dolphins' lives.
What You Can Do:
Write to the Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. to demand a permanent end to the drive fisheries and the preservation of dolphins and whales. Please always be polite and respectful in your correspondence.
Ryozo Kato Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. 2520 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20008 Tel: (202) 238-6700 Fax: (202) 328-2187
Tony Fields, a founding member and host of environmental and ocean research group, Whale Call Cafe, has submitted an action idea to Whale Defenders Greenpeace to make politico-environmental music video clips for TV music shows to bring a much needed attention and awareness to the plight of the whales and dolphins, the oceans and all threatened and endangered species of marine animals.
With the Japanese whale hunters only weeks away from their illegal and inhumane slaughter of 1000 whales in the Southern Ocean Antarctic Whale Sanctuary in Australian Territorial waters, we need to help put a halt to this horrid practice.
Whale Call's Care2 friends and their friends, can contribute in assisting Whale Call's cause to put a halt to this evil practice forever by going to the Greenpeace page (addy below) and making a comment so Tony can do the walk, uh, um, hang on, so he can do the swim.
Boris, Tony and the Whale Call Cafe staff and crew wish to thank everyone who has helped us in our endeavors to conserve the biodiversity of the environment, to protect all Mother Earth's creatures, and in making this planet a clean and safe place to inhabit.
The Australian Government has talked tough on stopping Japan from commercial whaling, but they will only use diplomatic means. They acknowledge that Japan can, and will, do what it likes. What is needed is for Japan to be punished for its recalcitrance, and our Government will never do this for fear of retaliation and its impact on business interests.
But ordinary people CAN send the necessary message to Japan. Japan exported over AU$6.5 billion worth of private cars to Australia in 2004. If all those people who love whales could boycott Japanese cars until they stopped whaling, this could have a monumental impact on a small number of very well-connected Japanese companies. Car companies follow sales statistics very carefully, and it would only take a month for them to work out that this boycott was going to cost them BIG MONEY.
In no time at all they would be telling the Japanese Government to change its mind, and then THEY would have to look after THEIR business interests.
This is what to do :
Sign the pledge below by filling in your name and address and clicking on the PLEDGE button. Your details will only be used for this campaign.
Send an email to your local newspaper's 'Letters Page', telling them what you are doing. You are welcome to cut-and-paste the pledge into your letter. Better still, ring the newspaper's Editor and agree to meet a journalist to discuss why you feel so strongly about the whaling issue. Better yet, get a group of four together and get the paper to take a photo of you all with a placard. (Faces sell newspapers).
Visit your local car showrooms and ask which new cars are made in Japan. Tell them about your pledge. Be polite - there's no need to argue, the customer is ALWAYS right.
Donate to www.StopWhaling.org.au by on-line credit card transaction through PayPal. We could reach so much further if only we had the money to advertise with Google. We promise that your money will only be used to further this whale conservation project.
Don't forget : it's OK to stand up and be counted for whales !
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Please sign to help the whales and have your say by telling the Australian Prime Minister, Hon John Howard, that the Government should be protecting the Australian Whale Sanctuary, and that it is totally unacceptable for the PM to allow the Japanese whalers to illegally enter and slaughter whales in their supposed safe sanctuary in Australian waters.
Japan is resuming illegal commercial whaling of humpback, minke and fin whales from the Whale Sanctuary in these waters under the loose guise of 'scientific research.' The Japanese whaling fleet is preparing to leave its home port within a month for the Southern Ocean to commence their horrific and inhumane slaughter of these highly intelligent mammals. These whales are near the brink of extinction and it is unnecessary to kill 1 whale for scientific research purposes as successful non-lethal methods for whale research are in use today.In July 2000 The Australian Whale Sanctuary was created under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999, and includes the waters within Australia's 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone adjacent to the Australian Antarctic Territory. Under the EPBC Act hunting whales in the Australian Whale Sanctuary is a serious offence attracting heavy penalties. The Japanese whaling operation is in violation of many international laws and regulations, including: • Violating the Southern Ocean Sanctuary • violating the (IWC) moratorium on commercial whaling. • Targeting endangered fin and humpback whales that are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. (CITE. • The Japanese whalers are also in violation of the Australian laws protecting the Australian Antarctic Territorial waters.
“every drop of rain that falls ends up in the mouths of whales – it is up to humans to control what substances enter that raindrop during its journey to the ocean”
Welcome to the WDCS e-newsletter. Today we bring you shocking news that Iceland is planning to resume commercial whaling. Read on to learn how you can join the campaign to end commercial whalingfor good and have your say about the future of the world’s whales.
ICELAND TO RESUME COMMERCIAL WHALING
In a backwards step for the conservation of whales, Iceland has announced that it will resume commercial whaling in defiance of the international ban. It plans to kill nine fin whales, an endangered species, and thirty minke whales a year.
The hunt will be in addition to Iceland ’s current whaling programme, which it says is for scientific purposes, and which will end with the killing of at least 30 minke whales in 2007.
Iceland is also clearly planning to resume international trade in whale meat, as like Japan and Norway , its domestic market is stagnant and it cannot even sell the minke whales that it is currently killing.
Commercial whaling is cruel, unnecessary and threatens the survival of whale populations.
Iceland believes the world has stopped caring about whales.We need to send a message loud and clear that we still care and that we do not support the resumption of commercial whaling and international trade in whale products.
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