Kinship Circle: DUE 7/8: No More Makah Whaling

May 30th, 2008 5:41 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Wed, May 28, 2008 at 6:34 PM
Subject: DUE 7/8: No More Makah Whaling

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5/28/08: DUE 7/8/08 – Tell NOAA: No More Makah Whaling

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DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS TO NOAA’s MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE:
JULY 8, 2008 — 5:00pm (PDT)

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FULL CONTACT INFORMATION. Sample letter follows.

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SUBMIT COMMENTS BY EMAIL:
MakahDEIS.nwr [at] noaa.gov
TYPE IN SUBJECT LINE: 2008 Makah DEIS

SUBMIT COMMENTS BY MAIL:
Steve Stone, NOAA Fisheries Northwest Region
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1100; Portland, OR 97232

SUBMIT COMMENTS BY FAX:
503-230-5441; Attn: 2008 Makah DEIS

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SAMPLE LETTER — This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue.
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RE: 2008 Makah DEIS

NOAA’s Fisheries Service:

Thank you for accepting public opinion on the Makah Indian Tribe’s February 2005 appeal to recommence hunting Pacific gray whales in coastal waters off Washington State. I understand the Draft EIS weighs a range of options to the tribe’s proposal to kill whales.

I respectfully ask you to consider this fact: In the 21st Century, no human being needs whale meat to survive — including the Makah Tribe, who until recently, left the gray whale alone for over 70 years.

The “reinforcement of tribal identity” does not justify slaughter. Whales are typically harpooned or blasted with high-powered rifles under the guise of cultural whaling. Holidays are observed with whaling contests and races. No celebration warrants animal suffering and death.

After five Makah whalers illegally shot and harpooned a gray whale off Neah Bay in 2007, the animal gradually bled to death over nine hours. The Makah Nation dismissed all charges, as long as the offenders violated no laws for the next year. Federal prosecutors offered a plea deal that asked the tribal court to waive prosecution. As you know, the tribal judge ignored the federal plea deal, ordering the five whalers to instead stand trial in a sympathetic Makah courtroom.

This is unacceptable — for the Neah Bay whale and others who will suffer prolonged death at the hands of Makah killers. Please do not honor “treaty rights” to massacre whales.

There is no rationale for “ceremonial and subsistence” whaling in the contemporary world. Please deny the Makah Nation’s proposal to legally kill whales under their treaty.

Thank you,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS

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Makah judge fails to empanel jury to prosecute whalers

Draft EIS on Makah Whale-Hunting Request

Revoke Makah Whaling Rights [petition]

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