Kinship Circle: ACT/ Stop Whale Killers: Japan, Norway, Iceland

December 7th, 2007 2:46 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Subject: ACT/ Stop Whale Killers: Japan, Norway, Iceland

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12/3/07: Stop The Whale Killers: Japan, Norway, Iceland
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

4 SAMPLE LETTERS IN THIS ALERT:
1. To JAPANESE Whale Killers
2. To NORWEGIAN Whale Killers
3. To ICELANDIC Whale Killers
4. To U.S. CONGRESS: Protect Whales

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

Ask the New Japanese Prime Minister to Stop the Whale Hunt
https://community.hsus.org/campaign/hsi_whaling_JapanesePM?rk=K1SS0YsqI7ujE

Endangered humpback whales – new target for whalers
http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw/general/default.aspx?oid=186261&aid=9539&tr=y&auid=3174948

Japanese whalers hunt humpbacks
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7099720.stm

International Whaling Commission
http://www.iwcoffice.org/commission/iwcmain.htm#conservation

PETITION: Whales Revenge / Target: International Whaling Commission
http://www.whalesrevenge.com

PETITION: HELP REVOKE MAKAH WHALING RIGHTS!
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/help-revoke-makah-whaling-rights

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1. SAMPLE LETTER: Japanese Whaling
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COMPLETE CONTACT INFORMATION:
EMAIL BLOCK + SAMPLE LETTER FOLLOW

Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda
Cabinet Secretariat, Cabinet Public Relations Office
1-6-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku * Tokyo 100 – 8968, Japan
email: kanteihp-info [at] cas.go.jp
web email: http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment.html

Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Of Japan
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Masahiko Koumura
Kasumigaseki 2-2-1, Chiyoda-ku * Tokyo 100-8919, Japan
ph: +81- (0) 3-3580-3311 * email: webmaster [at] mofa.go.jp
website: http://www.mofa.go.jp/

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Norinsuisansho)
Minister Masatoshi Wakabayashi
1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku * Tokyo 100-8950, Japan
ph: +81-3-3502-8111
email: voice_kanri [at] nm.maff.go.jp, kouhou_rinseika [at] nm.maff.go.jp
website: http://www.maff.go.jp/eindex.html

Ministry of the Environment (Kankyosho)
No. 5 Godochosha, 1-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku * Tokyo 100-8975, Japan
ph: +81-3-3581-3351 * email: MOE [at] env.go.jp
website: http://www.env.go.jp/en/

Japan National Tourist Organization
JNTO Headquarters 10th Floor, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan Building
2-10-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku * Tokyo 100-0006, Japan
AMERICAN offices: visitjapan [at] jntonyc.org, info [at] jnto-lax.org
CANADA: info [at] jntoyyz.com * UK (London): info [at] jnto.co.uk
GERMANY (Frankfurt): fra [at] jnto.de * AUSTRALIA (Sydney): jnto [at] tokyonet.com.au
website: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/contact/regional_offices.html

MORE JAPAN GOV. LINKS: http://www.mofa.go.jp/link/index.html

Embassy Of Japan In The United States Of America
Ambassador Ryozo Kato
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. * Washington, DC 20008
ph: 202-238-6700; fax: 202-328-2187
website: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/english/html/embassy/embassy_index.htm
NO EMAIL ADDRESS FOUND

JAPANESE EMBASSIES IN OTHER COUNTRIES:
http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html
http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/Japan/Japan.html

ALL EMAILS FOUND FOR SAMPLE LETTER #1 / JAPAN:
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kanteihp-info [at] cas.go.jp, webmaster [at] mofa.go.jp, kouhou_rinseika [at] nm.maff.go.jp, voice_kanri [at] nm.maff.go.jp, MOE [at] env.go.jp, visitjapan [at] jntonyc.org, info [at] jnto-lax.org, info [at] jntoyyz.com, info [at] jnto.co.uk, fra [at] jnto.de, jnto [at] tokyonet.com.au

SAMPLE LETTER #1 / JAPAN:

Honorable Officials Of Japan:

I respectfully ask Prime Minister Fukuda to work with ministries and agencies toward stopping Japan’s whale hunt.

As a member of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Japan should uphold its pledge to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary around Antarctica. Yet Japan’s whaling fleet headed to the Southern Ocean Sanctuary on November 18, 2007 to slaughter over 1,000 whales — with 50 endangered humpback whales among those targeted.

Japan has killed whales in defiance of international treaty obligations for two decades. Now Japan hunts a species whose numbers have dropped by an estimated 90%. Humpbacks are so threatened, their slaughter is forbidden.

Japan is known for its modern social and industrial perspectives — except in the area of whaling. I urge you to act in accordance with 21st Century conservation policy. Whales are already vulnerable to chemical pollution, seismic and naval sonar, entrapment in nets, ship strikes, habitat loss and other hazards. Whales are slow breeders with a high infant death rate. Scientific and commercial hunts impede population recovery. To expand Japan’s “kill list” with endangered humpbacks is scandalous.

Japan has long exploited IWC’s exemption for “scientific whaling.” There is no rationale for butchering whales to analyze migration, age, ecology or behavior. Top IWC scientists have repeatedly condemned manipulation of this loophole. Science-based slaughter is a veil for commerce in whale meat. Whale cuisine shows up in Japan’s school lunch programs and even dog food.

I encourage Prime Minister Fukuda to lead Japan in the right direction. Abide by IWC rulings and end the whale hunt now.

Thank you,

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2. SAMPLE LETTER: Norwegian Whaling
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COMPLETE CONTACT INFORMATION:
EMAIL BLOCK + SAMPLE LETTER FOLLOW

Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs
Helga Pedersen, Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs
Grubbegt. 1, P.O. Box 8118, Dep * NO-0032 Oslo, Norway
ph: +47 22 24 64 00; fax: +47 22 24 95 85
email: postmottak [at] fkd.dep.no, jorn.krog [at] fkd.dep.no,
magnor.nerheim [at] fkd.dep.no, kirsten.selvig [at] fkd.dep.no,
arne.benjaminsen [at] fkd.dep.no, johan.williams [at] fkd.dep.no
website: http://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/fkd.html?id=257

Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries
Postboks 2009 Nordnes * 5817 Bergen, Norway
ph: +47 800 30 179 * email: postmottak [at] fiskeridir.no, info [at] fiskeridir.no
web email: http://www.fiskeridir.no/fiskeridir/english/contact_us

Norwegian Institute of Marine Research
P.O. Box 1870, Nordnes * 5817 Bergen, Norway
ph: +47 55 23 85 00; fax: +47 55 23 85 31 * email: post [at] imr.no
website: http://www.imr.no/english/contact

NIFES, National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research
P.O. Box 2029 Nordnes * 5817 Bergen – Norway
ph: +47 55 90 51 00; fax: +47 55 90 52 99 * email: postmottak [at] nifes.no
website: http://www.nifes.no/index.php?page_id=126&lang_id=2

Norwegian Seafood Export Council
P.O. Box 6176, Strandveien 106 * 9291 Tromso, Norway
ph: +47 77603333; fax: +47 77680012
email: postmottak [at] seafood.no, mail [at] seafood.no, norge.jp [at] seafood.no,
hans-petter.nas [at] seafood.no, hpnaes [at] softbank.ne.jp
website: http://www.godfisk.no/

Norwegian Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Fiskeriforskning)
Muninbakken 9-13 * Postboks 6122; N-9291 Tromso, Norway
ph: +47 77 62 90 00; fax +47 77 62 91 00
email: post [at] fiskeriforskning.no, office [at] fiskeriforskning.no
website: http://www.fiskeriforskning.no/

National Veterinary Institute
Communications Director Steinar Q. Andersen: steinar.andersen [at] vetinst.no
ph: +47 23 21 60 90, +47 906 71 341; fax: +47 23 21 60 01
Director Roar Gudding: roar.gudding [at] vetinst.no
ph: +47 23 21 63 00, +47 915 58 121; fax: +47 23 21 60 01
web email: http://www.vetinst.no/eng/kontakt

Norwegian Tourist Board
P.O. Box 2893, Solli * N-0230 Oslo, Norway
ph: +47 22 92 52 00; fax: +47 22 56 05 05
email: norway [at] ntr.no, greatbritain [at] ntr.no, usa [at] ntr.no
website: http://www.visitnorway.com/

Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
His Excellency, Ambassador Wegger Chr. Strommen
2720 34th Street NW * Washington, DC 20008
ph: 202-333-6000; fax number: 202-337-0870
email: emb.washington [at] mfa.no
website: http://www.norway.org/Embassy/embassy.htm

NORWEGIAN EMBASSIES IN OTHER COUNTRIES:
http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/norway1.htm

ALL EMAILS FOUND FOR SAMPLE LETTER #2 / NORWAY:
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postmottak [at] fkd.dep.no, jorn.krog [at] fkd.dep.no, magnor.nerheim [at] fkd.dep.no, kirsten.selvig [at] fkd.dep.no, arne.benjaminsen [at] fkd.dep.no, johan.williams [at] fkd.dep.no, postmottak [at] fiskeridir.no, info [at] fiskeridir.no, post [at] imr.no, postmottak [at] nifes.no, postmottak [at] seafood.no, mail [at] seafood.no, norge.jp [at] seafood.no, hans-petter.nas [at] seafood.no, hpnaes [at] softbank.ne.jp, post [at] fiskeriforskning.no, office [at] fiskeriforskning.no, steinar.andersen [at] vetinst.no, roar.gudding [at] vetinst.no, norway [at] ntr.no, greatbritain [at] ntr.no, usa [at] ntr.no, emb.washington [at] mfa.no

SAMPLE LETTER #2 / NORWAY:

Honorable Officials Of Norway:

I respectfully ask you to stop Norway’s whale hunt.

Norway, a member of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), should uphold the moratorium on commercial whaling. But like Japan, Norway is criticized for its defiance of international treaty obligations.

I urge you to act in accordance with 21st Century conservation policy. Whales are already vulnerable to chemical pollution, seismic and naval sonar, entrapment in nets, ship strikes, habitat loss and other hazards. Whales are slow breeders with a high infant death rate. Scientific and commercial hunts impede population recovery. To perpetuate this violence against nature is scandalous.

Please do not exploit IWC’s exemption for “scientific whaling.” There is no rationale for butchering whales to analyze migration, age, ecology or behavior. Eminent scientists and legal authorities rebuke “scientific whaling” as pointless and illegitimate. Science-based slaughter is a veil for commerce in whale meat.

Moreover, whale hunts are profoundly inhumane. Harpoons explode inside their bodies, shredding internal organs. It can take up to a half or full hour for a whale to die. Some, tied to the side of whaling vessels, suffocate as they thrash about in vain attempts to escape.

Personally, I cannot tour or otherwise support any society that condones senseless brutality against animals. Please abide by IWC rulings and end Norway’s whale hunt now.

Thank you,

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3. SAMPLE LETTER: Icelandic Whaling
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COMPLETE CONTACT INFORMATION:
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Ministry of Fisheries in Iceland
Einar Kristinn Gufinnsson, Minister of Fisheries
Jon B. Jonasson, Permanent Secretary of Fisheries
Skulagata 4, 150 Reykjavik, Iceland
ph: 00 354 545 8300; fax: 00 354 562 1853
email: jon.b.jonasson [at] sjr.stjr.is, postur [at] sjr.stjr.is
web email: http://eng.sjavarutvegsraduneyti.is/Enquiry/

Office of the Prime Minister
Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde
Stjornarradshusinu vid Laekjartorg * 150 Reykjavik, Iceland
ph: (+354) 545 8400; fax: (+354) 562 4014
email: postur [at] for.stjr.is
website: http://eng.forsaetisraduneyti.is

Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Minister for Foreign Affairs & External Trade, Ingibjoerg Solrun Gisladottir
Raudararstigur 25 * IS-150 Reykjavik, Iceland
ph: +354 545-9900; fax: +354-562-2373, 562-2386
email: external [at] utn.stjr.is, postur [at] utn.stjr.is
website: http://www.mfa.is/

MORE ICELAND GOV. LINKS: http://www.government.is/

Icelandic Tourist Board
STREET ADDRESSES: http://www.icetourist.is/displayer.asp?cat_id=491
email: info [at] icetourist.is, scandinavia [at] icetourist.is, info [at] icetourist.de,
usa [at] icetourist.is
website: http://www.icetourist.is/

Embassy of Iceland – Washington D.C., USA
1156 15th Street N.W., Suite 1200 * Washington DC 20005-1704
ph: +1-202-265 6653 * email: icemb.wash [at] utn.stjr.is
website: http://www.iceland.org/us/

ICELAND EMBASSIES IN OTHER COUNTRIES:
http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/Iceland/Iceland1.html

ALL EMAILS FOUND FOR SAMPLE LETTER #3 / ICELAND:
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jon.b.jonasson [at] sjr.stjr.is, postur [at] sjr.stjr.is, postur [at] for.stjr.is, external [at] utn.stjr.is, postur [at] utn.stjr.is, info [at] icetourist.is, scandinavia [at] icetourist.is, info [at] icetourist.de, usa [at] icetourist.is, icemb.wash [at] utn.stjr.is

SAMPLE LETTER #3 / ICELAND:

Honorable Officials Of Iceland:

I understand Iceland suspended its whale slaughter, but intends to renew it in the near future. I respectfully ask you to permanently stop whale hunts.

Iceland, a member of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), should uphold the moratorium on commercial whaling. Like Japan, Iceland has been criticized for its defiance of international treaty obligations.

Environmental organizations and tour operators have stated Icelandic whaling hinders tourism and whale watching. Why risk revenue and project a negative international image?

I urge you to act in accordance with 21st Century conservation policy. Whales are already vulnerable to chemical pollution, seismic and naval sonar, entrapment in nets, ship strikes, habitat loss and other hazards. Whales are slow breeders with a high infant death rate. Scientific and commercial hunts impede population recovery. To perpetuate this violence against nature is scandalous.

Please do not exploit IWC’s exemption for “scientific whaling.” There is no rationale for butchering whales to analyze migration, age, ecology or behavior. Eminent scientists and legal authorities rebuke “scientific whaling” as pointless and illegitimate.

Moreover, whale hunts are profoundly inhumane. Harpoons explode inside their bodies, shredding internal organs. It can take up to a half or full hour for a whale to die. Some, tied to the side of whaling vessels, suffocate as they thrash about in vain attempts to escape.

Personally, I cannot tour or otherwise support any society that condones senseless brutality against animals. Please abide by IWC rulings and end Iceland’s whale hunt permanently.

Thank you,

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4. SAMPLE LETTER: U.S. Whale Protection
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TO FIND YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPS + GET THEIR CONTACT INFO, TRY:
Congress.org: http://www.Congress.org
USA Senate: http://www.senate.gov
USA House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov
Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121

SAMPLE LETTER #4 / U.S. CONGRESS:

The Honorable Representative ____________________
U.S. House of Representatives * Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Senators ______________________
The U.S. Senate, U.S. Capitol Building * Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Representative _________________ and

Senators ___________________________ :

On November 18, 2007, Japan’s whaling fleet headed to Southern Ocean Sanctuary around Antarctica to slaughter over 1,000 whales — with 50 endangered humpback whales among those targeted.

Japan now hunts a species whose numbers have dropped by an estimated 90%. Commercial slaughter of humpbacks has been illegal for more than 40 years.

I call upon my elected officials to advocate uncompromising U.S. guidance for whale protection in the 21st Century.

As members of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Japan, Norway and Iceland should uphold the moratorium on commercial whaling. These nations (especially Japan) are criticized for their continuing defiance of international treaty obligations.

Whales are already vulnerable to chemical pollution, seismic and naval sonar, entrapment in nets, ship strikes, habitat loss and other hazards. Whales are slow breeders with a high infant death rate. Scientific and commercial hunts impede population recovery. For Japan to expand its “kill list” with endangered humpbacks is scandalous.

Whaling nations have long exploited IWC’s exemption for “scientific whaling.” There is no rationale for butchering whales to analyze migration, age, ecology or behavior. Eminent scientists and legal authorities rebuke “scientific whaling” as pointless and illegitimate. In fact, science-based slaughter is a veil for commerce in whale meat.

Moreover, whale hunts are profoundly inhumane. Harpoons explode inside their bodies, shredding internal organs. It can take up to a half or full hour for a whale to die. Some, tied to the side of whaling vessels, suffocate as they thrash about in vain attempts to escape.

The United States needs to let whaling nations know: If you fail to act in accordance with IWC rulings, you face serious consequences. If Japan proceeds without penalty, whale populations and marine ecosystems may never recover. Please help lead the way in whale protection before it’s too late.

Thank you,

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