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ACTION ALERT: Whales Under Threat !!!


World  (tags: worldwide, whales, threatened, whaling commission, ban on whaling overturn, whales, protection )

Simone
- 3254 days ago - avaaz.org
The International Whaling Commission has just unveiled a proposal to legalize commercial whale hunting for the first time in 24 years. Now, countries are deciding whether support it -- or push back. Already, New Zealand's Foreign Minister



   

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Magdalena M (0)
Friday April 23, 2010, 9:51 pm
Thank you Simone, noted and signed. This is horrible. We fight to protect whales, dolphins, and those cruel nuts legalize whale hunting. I am so tired of them. And I hate those bloody pictures. Right now I am capable of pasting this picture to their faces. They deserve it.
 

Judy C (91)
Friday April 23, 2010, 11:19 pm
Jad already signed. Thank you, Simone.
 

Brooke Boroughs (24)
Friday April 23, 2010, 11:52 pm
I SAY -- NO WAY!
 

gail dair (0)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 12:03 am
already signed thankyou
 

Frank G (211)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 12:39 am
How disgusting!! Thanks, I signed.
 

Agnes H (144)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 12:44 am
Already signed, but sent some e-mails, unfortunately I don't know them all by heart, on top of that not all my friends think like me or have the time like I have. Also noted, sorry Simone! Hey, have you heard where Australia stands?
 

Cheree M (46)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 1:12 am
Noted & Already signed, TY Simone
You've already signed this petition!
 

. (0)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 1:13 am
Signed thanks.
 

linda b (186)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 1:41 am
Disgusting. Signed and Noted TY Simone.
 

Pam F (221)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 3:03 am
Bloody sickening! Signed sent, and shared, tx,Simone.

364,685 have signed the petition. Reached 100,000 in 24 hours! Now help us get to 400,000.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 3:29 am
This is a retrograde step and must be strongly opposed. this is a very cruel way to hunt whales and quite unnecessary . Why some nations think it necessary to appease the Japanese killers is beyond me.They are turning their nation into a bunch a pariahs.
 

Alicia V (181)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 3:31 am
Signed, sadly, this keeps going on and on, and we should be thousands to detain them in site.
 

Rania H. (0)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 3:48 am
Thanks for this post

Yoga
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 4:17 am
signed already *.*
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 4:31 am
I have signed . The first of the five precepts bans the taking of life. As most narrowly interpreted, it applies primarily to the killing of human beings; however, the broader interpretation is that it applies to all sentient beings, which includes those in the animal realm in its broadest sense, i.e., not just mammals, but all animal taxa including insects, and invertebrates. From the beginnings of Buddhism, there were regulations intended to prevent the harming of sentient beings in the animals realm for various reasons. The Buddha taught that all sentient beings, including those in the animal realm, possess Buddha nature and therefore can attain enlightenment and that from infinite rebirths, all animals have been our past relatives, sisters, mothers, brothers, fathers and children. Therefore it is against the first precept to harm, kill or eat sentient beings as it is the same as harming, killing or eating the flesh of our own child or mother. 'With the Medicine Buddha mantra you can liberate numberless sentient beings from oceans of suffering and bring them to enlightenment.' - Lama Zopa. Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha BeKanze Radza Samudgate Soha
In the Bhaiṣajyaguruvaidūryaprabharāja Sūtra, the Medicine Buddha is described as having entered into a state of samadhi called "Eliminating All the Suffering and Afflictions of Sentient Beings." From this samadhi state he spoke the Medicine Buddha Dharani.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 4:39 am
Anyone want more information http://whaleman.org/index.htm also http://www.seashepherd.org/
 

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 4:44 am
Please don't let them do this! Noted with a lot of sadness. Signed with hope that something right and good would come out of this.
 

Marian B (11)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 4:53 am
I already signed this. Thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 4:55 am
Noted,already signed.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 6:00 am
CURRENT ANIMAL RIGHTS ISSUES FROM A BUDDHIST PERSPECTIVE
Although the following guidelines for working on animal rights issues follow clearly from fundamental Buddhist teachings, they are by no means exclusively Buddhist. My hope for this conference is that many of the participants, regardless of their religious views, will wholeheartedly embrace them in their future work for animal rights.

We should reduce the fear, hate, and thoughts of revenge generated by the torturing and killing of animals.
We should not be prey to negative emotions or violence. They compound the problem. Real solutions come from changing people's minds rather than from creating confrontation and friction.
We should not limit our compassion to the animals and to those of like mind, but extend it to all living beings, even if we feel that some are clearly in the wrong. Compassion should be the basis of all our interactions with others, regardless of their views and actions in the area of animal rights.
 

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 6:19 am
Already signed, but thanks.
 

Shirley S (187)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 6:52 am
Noted & signed
 

Pauline P (46)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 8:01 am
Already signed, Thanks
 

Nichole L (69)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 9:17 am
Petition signed, Simone. Thanks!
 

Karen B (289)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 9:41 am
I try and keep saying "this really can't be happening". What in the world are these people thinking. Isn't it enough that certain whales are endangered to NEVER agree to commercial whaling??????? If ever there was a time for action, now is here!
 

Ingrid Offline A (209)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 10:21 am
Noted and signed earlier. Thanks for sharing Simone.
 

Patricia N (41)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 10:47 am
Already signed.
 

Patricia C (96)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 1:19 pm
Had already signed, but forwarded the petition. Along with Karenbee, I keep thinking this must be a very bad joke; can't be happening. Evidently it is, and God help these awesome, gentle creatures.
Thank you Simone.
 

Rhonda Maness (580)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 2:32 pm
Thanks Simone
 

wendy w (47)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 2:33 pm
If this happens, we will be no better than Japan, Iceland or Norway; or Canada with their seal hunt. This cannot happen!!
 

ilja c (48)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 2:35 pm
Signed.
 

JennyLynn W (246)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 2:40 pm
Signed. This is just totally unacceptable.
 

Mike M (40)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 2:59 pm
signed and noted
 

Carol L (219)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 3:07 pm
Signed and noted!
Thank you!
 

Maryanne C (111)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 3:23 pm
Signed and noted ,thanks.
 

Irene M (4)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 5:45 pm
Already signed. Thanks, Simone.
 

. (0)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 7:24 pm
Petition signed.
 

Nancy P (67)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 8:49 pm
Signed and forward, thank you Simone.
 

Andrea Tackett (187)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 9:46 pm
Noted
 

Camilla Vaga (68)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 3:10 am
Noted and signed.
 

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 4:57 am
Some humans are not satisfied unless they kill or can control something! Why kill whales in the first place! They have a right to be here! God states Thou shall not kill! When does all this killing & cruelty stop! All those in power & the leaders are barbaric in thoughts & actions. They need to be replaced with someone who has a heart & can think logically! I signed.
 

Angelique van Egmond (38)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 5:53 am
Allready signed
 

alicia m (97)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 6:24 am
noted, signed, shared, gracias
 

Antonio Amador (60)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 10:32 am
Already signed. Thank you
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 11:36 am
they took my sig again ~
 

Carol V (28)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 1:23 pm
Due to rate of people signing this petition and the short time period someone needs to step up to the plate and purhaps admit this is a mistake. This has gone far enough. Stop the killing of our WHALES as they are OUR whales, not the FISHERMENS.....
 

sonsydee E (36)
Monday April 26, 2010, 2:01 am
Noted and already signed Thanks Simone.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 26, 2010, 4:17 am
Compassion should be the basis of all our interactions with others, regardless of their views and actions in the area of animal rights.



Few religions or spiritual movements in history have had much to say about the spiritual destiny of the non-human creatures of the world. It has always seemed strange to me that these systems of theology have no place in them for those kingdoms of life that so vastly outnumber man. I suppose there are countless arguments as to why animals are not included in these philosophies, but they would have little meaning for a Buddhist.

Buddhism considers all of life to be evolving toward higher consciousness. To the Buddhist, any practice by which man sustains himself at the expense of other sentient beings is considered wrong. Buddhism considers non-human life to be Divine just as is human life. Animals are seen to be an evolving kingdom of living creatures destined in time to attain perfect enlightenment. All of life is seen to be one. According to this conviction, to harm any living thing is to do injury to the One Eternal and Divine Life. Since animals are considered to be traveling towards enlightenment just as man is, neither are they to be harmed, discouraged or hampered in their progress.

To accept the Buddhist point of view is to have a new spirit of compassion for any form of life that is weak, helpless or hurt. The Buddhist is fully aware that life itself cannot be destroyed, but to him this does not justify destroying or harming the forms through which life is presently expressing. It is believed that we have no right to injure for any reason.

Buddhists were the first to build hospitals for the care of sick and injured animals. Their purpose is to ease pain and suffering be it man's or beast's, for the same life is seen to dwell in each. Even today, many animals can be seen living in and around old temples. Tourists sometimes object to the presence of the animals, thinking they are unbecoming the spiritual surroundings. The old priests however, welcome and enjoy the company of these little creatures who are drawn to the temples for reasons not unlike their own.
 

Tekla Drakfrende (82)
Monday April 26, 2010, 8:58 am
noted and alreday signed!
 

. (0)
Monday April 26, 2010, 5:02 pm
s/n - pet too;
Gandhi: " The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress, can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
 

Tierney G (381)
Monday April 26, 2010, 5:29 pm
Already signed but thanks Simone :(
 

mary f (200)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 3:01 am
signed
 

Jenny Dooley (830)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 3:36 am
Noted, signed, thank you.
 

Michaela Kayser (35)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 3:57 am
Already signed. Thanks, Simone.
 

Krista Tackett (47)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 12:49 pm
Signed !. My heart is so heavy and the tears are flowing. I cannot believe we have regressed so much as a society to go back to the days of whaling .Even to the killing of the endangered.And what makes me the angriest is to know that this was lead by the President of my country -USA ! I am numb, I was praying that this would not happen.Now the WORLD has to STAND TOGETHER and let the commission know that we will fight this decision as ONE !We will not stand by and let this happen . We will not let them die without a fight !
 
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