Whale Wars, Season 2

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

…started last Friday on Animal Planet. (And yes, I’m way behind on my email, thanks for asking.)

I must admit to never watching Whale Wars; while, one the one hand, I recognize the need to support animal-friendly programming such as WW, I really can’t bring myself to watch the more graphic, gruesome stuff. I already know what a bloody, needless mess whaling is – no need to voluntarily witness footage of such, thus giving myself a week’s worth of nightmares.

That said, many thanks everyone who does tune in to these kind of shows, thus helping to keep them on the air!

Anyhow, Matt from Animal Planet provided links to several news season 2 Whale Wars videos on You Tube.

The Season 2 trailer is relatively blood-free, save for a brief shot of a whale being harpooned and pulled towards a whaling ship:
 


 

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Kinship Circle: Act/ Demand Whale Conservation Over Killing

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Sun, Mar 29, 2009 at 9:14 PM
Subject: Act/ Demand Whale Conservation Over Killing

KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY / PERMISSION TO CROSSPOST
3/29/09: Demand Whale Conservation Over Killing

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LT: Minke whale. Juergen Freund. OCEANS. Ribbon Reefs, Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

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RT: A Bryde’s whale lies on the deck of a Japanese whaling vessel. The species is listed as “Data Deficient” on the IUCN Red List and current population numbers are not known. (Institute for Cetacean Research)

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

Friday, May 30th, 2008

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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

KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST AS WRITTEN

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

EMAIL kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net FOR WORD DOC OF A FORMATTED LETTER.
Easily modify letter and copy/paste it into an email or print out to fax or mail.

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

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On the war on The War on Terra.

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

So let’s get this all straight. Two activists board a ship, with a letter of intent, because the whalers refused to respond to radio communications. Whalers rough them up, tie them up, and then Yasuaki Sasaki, the captain, makes a series of demands, including activists must stop filming the whalers’ activities and not come within 10 nautical miles of the whaling ship.

But the anti-whaling advocates are the terrorists?

Will Potter, commenting on the recent capture and subsequent release of two Sea Shepherd Conservation Society terrorists anti-whaling activists.

Is it just me, or does something stink?

Kinship Circle: ACT NOW To Free Captured Sea Shepherd Crew Members

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

UPDATE, 1/19/08:

Just read on Green Is The New Red that the two captured Sea Shepherd crew members have been released, relatively unharmed.

Here’s Will with the details:

Two anti-whaling activists that have been held hostage by Japanese whalers were released today, after the Australian government intervened. […]

Benjamin Potts, 28, and Giles Lane, 35, were transferred to an Australian vessel, the Oceanic Viking. According to a statement (and the video above), they were roughed up a bit when they boarded but otherwise weren’t harmed.

Gabriel Gonzalez, a spokesman for The Institute of Cetacean Research in Tokyo (the whalers, gotta love the misleading name) told The Telegraph that the two were initially tied up because they might have been carrying bombs or weapons.

“This is a terrorist organisation, let us be clear of that, and if they respond with aggressive tactics, who knows what might happen,” he said.

So let’s get this all straight. Two activists board a ship, with a letter of intent, because the whalers refused to respond to radio communications. Whalers rough them up, tie them up, and then Yasuaki Sasaki, the captain, makes a series of demands, including activists must stop filming the whalers’ activities and not come within 10 nautical miles of the whaling ship.

But the anti-whaling advocates are the terrorists?

Indeed.

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

Friday, December 7th, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Dec 3, 2007 8:02 PM
Subject: ACT/ Stop Whale Killers: Japan, Norway, Iceland

KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY – PLEASE DO CROSS-POST, AS WRITTEN

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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AWI eAlert: Illegal Whale Hunt Requires Independent Investigation

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

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From: AWI eAlert – ealert [at] awionline.org
Date: Oct 12, 2007 3:50 PM
Subject: AWI eAlert: Illegal Whale Hunt Requires Independent Investigation

Animal Welfare Institute

Illegal Whale Hunt Requires Independent Investigation

October 12, 2007

Last month, five members of the Makah tribe illegally attacked a gray whale in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington State. Piercing the whale with five to 10 harpoons and firing up to 21 bullets, the Makah whalers violated multiple federal laws. Some 10 excruciating hours later, the whale died and sank into the depths of the ocean. Nicknamed “Kelpie” by local residents, the whale had a habit of playing in kelp forests and frequently surfaced covered with kelp. Kelpie provided countless hours of enjoyment to those who reside and enjoy recreational activities in the area.

The Makah Tribal Council and its whaling commission have said that they knew nothing about the illegal whale hunt. Yet, the tribe’s chairman has said that the perpetrators of this crime had been talking about the hunt days before it occurred, and the head of the tribe’s whaling commission approved access to the high-caliber weapon used to shoot the whale. In addition, two of the men who participated in the hunt were whaling commission members. Makah leaders have stated several times that those involved in the illegal hunt will be prosecuted in tribal court, but not a single charge has been filed, to date.

Though the Makah tribe has repeatedly referred to its cultural connection to whales to justify its desire to whale, the tribe does not have a legitimate subsistence need to whale and, therefore, can’t satisfy either U.S. or international legal standards to engage in aboriginal subsistence whaling. Whaling for only cultural reasons is not permitted.

Those responsible for the illegal hunt violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Whaling Convention Act, and a host of other federal laws, including the maritime laws administered by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and laws protecting public health and safety. The federal government, under the direction of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), is investigating and the U.S. Attorney recently announced that a federal grand jury had indicted the five whalers on three federal misdemeanor charges. Considering the ongoing efforts by NMFS to facilitate the Makah’s desire to whale and the appointment by NMFS of a Makah tribal member – John Haupt – as its lead investigator, the results of any NMFS investigation is highly questionable.

Please help us press the U.S. Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington to call for an independent investigation of this illegal whaling incident and to push for the prosecution of the whalers to the fullest extent for violating federal laws. Please send an e-mail (see sample e-mail below) or call them to insist that an independent investigation by the FBI or other non-partisan agency is essential because NMFS has an obvious conflict of interest and can’t both support Makah whaling and investigate an incident of illegal whaling by Makah tribal members. Please make calls and send e-mails as soon as possible, as an independent investigation must be initiated soonest before memories fade and potential evidence disappears.

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IFAW: 5 Ways You Can Help Protect Whales

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

5 Ways You Can Help Protect Whales

Commercial whaling is both cruel and unnecessary. Here are five things you can do right now to help save whales from whaling and the increasing threats from ocean noise, ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear and climate change.

1. End the Raw Deal for Whales

Write a letter to True World Foods, the premier sushi quality seafood distributor in the US, asking them to persuade its partner Kyokuyo Co. Ltd. to permanently cease the production, distribution and sale of all whale products.

2. Sign Up to Receive Mobile Text Alerts

Be the first to learn about breaking whale news when you join IFAW’s free mobile whale network. When IFAW needs your help to save whales we’ll let you know by sending an action alert directly to your mobile phone.

3. Host a House Party for Whales

Encourage others to join you in becoming an active member in the global campaign to end whaling by hosting a party to view the unique film “What to Do About Whales”.

4. Tell Others to Help Protect Whales

It only takes a few seconds to spread the word about the cruelty of whaling and our efforts to end it, yet the impact on the campaign is enormous. Please invite your friends, family, and colleagues to help save the whales.

5. Promote StopWhaling.org

Let others know about our campaign to end whaling by hosting our free whale banners on your site or by telling others about IFAW through MySpace.

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Well, that’s #1, 4, and 5 down for me. Now, anyone wanna party?

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WSPA: Tell President Bush to end commercial whaling

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Via the World Society for the Protection of Animals:

Tell President Bush to end commercial whaling

Many people believe that the whale has been saved but the sad and shocking truth is that the resumption of commercial whaling is closer to becoming a reality today than at any point over the past two decades.

Whales need protecting now as much as they ever did – perhaps even more so in the light of threats such as climate change – but over the past six years, President Bush’s team has failed to fight hard enough for that much needed protection. The United States ‘ once steadfast aim to protect the world’s whales has been replaced by a catalogue of compromises which, left unchecked, will undoubtedly pave the way for a resumption of commercial whaling.

This May, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) will meet on US soil for the first time in nearly two decades. There couldn’t be a better time for the US Administration to show the world that America does not support the resumption of whaling. It is unsustainable, unnecessary and inherently cruel.

Please write to President Bush and ask him to follow the strong examples of President Reagan, the first President Bush and President Clinton. If President Bush acts now, the damage caused by US neglect on this issue in recent years can be reversed. The United States must resume its role as a leader in the fight against commercial whaling.

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SAPL eAlert: Help Us Stop U.S. Capitulation to Whalers

Monday, April 9th, 2007

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From: Cathy Liss, Legislative Director – action [at] saplonline.org
Date: Apr 9, 2007 11:10 AM
Subject: SAPL eAlert: Help Us Stop U.S. Capitulation to Whalers

April 9, 2007

Help Us Stop U.S. Capitulation to Whalers

Japan and other pro-whaling countries are on the brink of overturning the 20-year-old moratorium that bans commercial whaling. Through aggressive vote recruitment, Japan is poised to take over the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Since the moratorium came into force in 1986, some IWC member nations have continued to whale commercially by exploiting loopholes in the whaling convention. For instance, Japan conducts lethal “research” whaling, and the meat ends up being sold in stores, Norway whales commercially under an objection it lodged when the moratorium was passed, and Iceland does both. In addition to the commercial killing of whales, aboriginal subsistence whaling conducted by natives in the United States, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Russian Federation, and Greenland is performed through the allocation of quotas by the IWC, based on recommendations by its scientific committee.

You may recall that, at last year’s IWC meeting, the pro-whaling nations achieved a simple majority on a single issue for the first time in decades. This year’s meeting is being held in Anchorage, Alaska, and the venue may turn out to be a bitter embarrassment for the United States, as it is being hobbled by Japan over its own “whaling needs.”

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DawnWatch: NY Times on whaling and on humane farming standards 4/1/07

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Apr 1, 2007 9:25 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times on whaling and on humane farming standards 4/1/07

Section Four, “The Week in Review,” of the Sunday, April 1 New York Times has two articles of interest to animal advocates. There is an editorial (the paper’s official opinion) about whaling, and an article about free-range meat.

The editorial, headed, “Japan’s Whaling Obsession,” (Pg 11) opens with:

“Humans should be careful when criticizing other humans about the industrial slaughter of animal species. It is hard to find moral ground.

“There was one small, bright spot of global consensus: whales. It took a very long time, but most of the world agreed that these wonderful, sociable mammals, at least, should be granted a stay of extinction. Most of the world, but not all. A few outlying countries continue commercial or dubiously scientific whale hunts, notably Japan, which clings to its whaling ways long past the expiration of any defensible reasons for doing so.”

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Greenpeace: We love Japan, but whaling breaks our hearts!

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Via Greenpeace:

We love Japan, but whaling breaks our hearts!

This Valentine’s Day, we’ll show love for whales by doing our best to keep the harpoons from striking a whale’s heart. But you don’t have to be here in the Southern Ocean to join us in our efforts to defend the whales.

We know you love whales too, and there’s no greater gift we could give them than to end commercial whaling forever.

So in honor of Valentine’s Day, there are a couple of things you can do to show your love for whales.

1. Take Action >> Send a special Valentine’s message to the Bush Administration professing your love of whales

2. Demonstrate Your Love >> Download one of our signs and take a picture of yourself holding it then upload it and show the world how much you care about defending the whales.

Please, spare us the heartbreak of returning to the Southern Ocean next year. Help us put an end to whaling once and for all.

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IFAW: Tell Iceland to Stop Hunting Whales

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

Tell Iceland to Stop Hunting Whales

Despite an international ban on whaling adopted in 1986, Iceland has announced plans to hunt whales commercially for the first time in twenty years. Permits have been granted by Iceland’s Ministry of Fisheries for the hunting of 30 minke whales and nine endangered fin whales. Commercial whaling is an out-dated and unnecessary industry that should have ended a century ago with the use of whale oil lamps. The government of Iceland should be supporting its nation’s thriving and growing whale watching industry rather than sinking money and its political reputation into promoting the cruel hunting of whales.

Write a letter to Iceland’s Embassy urging Iceland to call off this hunt before it’s too late.

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DawnWatch: Sea Shepherd heads for Antarctica — Brisbane’s Courier Mail, 24 November, 2006

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Nov 25, 2006 9:47 PM
Subject: Dawnwatch: Sea Shepherd heads for Antarctica — Brisbane’s Courier Mail, 24 November, 2006

The Sea Shepherd team doing their best to defend whales in Antarctica, and Brisbane’s Courier Mail (Australia) has run a terrific article, by Phil Bartsch, about the effort. It appeared in the Friday, November 24 edition of the paper headed, “To war over whales.”

It opens:

“Blood is about to be spilled into the icy blue waters off Antarctica again – much of it within the Australian Whale Sanctuary.

“But not if Captain Paul Watson can help prevent it.

“‘What’s the point of having a whale sanctuary if you can kill whales in it?’ argues the controversial founder and president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

“‘I’m not going to stand around and do nothing and watch these magnificent creatures being slaughtered. The time for conferences and meetings and mail-outs and petitions is over.'”

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IFAW: Say No to Caribbean Whaling

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

Say No to Caribbean Whaling

Despite a worldwide outcry against the hunting of whales and a ban on whaling in place since 1986, some Eastern Caribbean nations are shockingly calling for commercial whaling to be launched in the region.

At a recent meeting of Caribbean Fisheries Ministers, St. Kitts and Nevis Fisheries Minister Cedric Liburd called on Caribbean nations to follow Japan’s lead and engage in commercial whaling. But he didn’t stop here. He went on to suggest that tourists to the region should be fed whale meat, and that this would benefit the region’s tourism industry.

Send a letter to Tourism Ministers throughout the Caribbean urging them to tell their nation’s leaders not take up commercial whaling. Tell them to support the region’s thriving and growing whale watching industry – an industry worth more than U.S. $22 million annually.

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IFAW: Tell Iceland to Stop Hunting Whales

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

Tell Iceland to Stop Hunting Whales

Despite an international ban on whaling adopted in 1986, Iceland has announced plans to hunt whales commercially for the first time in twenty years. Permits have been granted by Iceland’s Ministry of Fisheries for the hunting of 30 minke whales and nine endangered fin whales. Commercial whaling is an out-dated and unnecessary industry that should have ended a century ago with the use of whale oil lamps. The government of Iceland should be supporting its nation’s thriving and growing whale watching industry rather than sinking money and its political reputation into promoting the cruel hunting of whales.

Write a letter to Iceland’s Embassy urging Iceland to call off this hunt before it’s too late.

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IFAW: Take Action to Protect Whales

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

Write a Letter to Stop Whaling

For years, the Japanese government has ignored pleas from the international community to stop whaling. At the most recent International Whaling Commission, no real progress was made to stop the cruel annual slaughter by Japan of thousands of whales each year in the name of “science.” In fact, it was the first time the pro-whaling side has won a majority on a key issue since the IWC adopted the ban twenty years ago.

Tell President Bush to oppose Japan’s permanent membership on the UN Security Council until Japan complies with international laws for the protection of whales. Security council membership is important to Japan. This strong consequence may be the only thing that can stop the unnecessary and cruel harpooning of thousands of whales each year.

Take Action

Please send an email to the President and then follow up with a brief and polite phone call to simply say:

“My name is….. from….. and I want to thank President Bush for his efforts to oppose whaling. I urge him to oppose Japan’s seat on the U.N. Security Council until Japan complies with the international laws to protect whales.”

You can reach the White House at 1-202-456-1111.

DawnWatch: Whale vote loss at IWC covered in Time Magazine 7/3/06 and other articles 6/26/06

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jun 26, 2006 5:54 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Whale vote loss at IWC covered in Time Magazine 7/3/06 and other articles 6/26/06

Last week the whales suffered a hit at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission. The July 3 edition of Time Magazine has summarized the situation in an article headed, “Revenge of The Whale Hunters; Japan says the giant mammals have recovered in the 20 years since whaling was banned. Tell that to the whales.”

It tells us that in 1986, with most species of whales in serious decline, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) voted to prohibit whaling, “allowing it only for scientific purposes or, in a handful of cases, such as among native peoples in Alaska and Greenland, to preserve ancient food-gathering practices.

“But the treaty has proved all too easy to get around. Japan, Iceland and Norway, in particular, have slaughtered tens of thousands of whales in the past 20 years. The first two countries claim they are doing it for science, although much of the meat they take ends up on dinner tables. Norway doesn’t even bother pretending. It openly flouts the IWC’s rules.

And at last week’s meeting Japan pushed through a resolution calling for a repeal of the whaling moratorium.”

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Greenpeace: Breaking News: Arctic Sunrise Storms into Whaling Meetings

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

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From: Greenpeace – webmaster [at] greenpeaceusa.org
Date: Jun 20, 2006 3:36 PM
Subject: Breaking News: Arctic Sunrise Storms into Whaling Meetings

Dear Kelly,

I’m writing you from St. Kitts, site of the 58th meeting of the International Whaling Commission. Our ship, the Arctic Sunrise, after being refused entry for more than a week, entered the waters of St. Kitts today to stage a peaceful protest. We landed on the beach and began placing more than 866 whale tails in the sand to symbolize the number of whales slaughtered by the Japanese government this year. Ten of our activists have already been arrested.

The International Whaling Commission meetings have just ended, and they dramatically displayed how narrow a margin exists between the pro-whaling and anti-whaling nations. A mere 2 votes (remember that number!) prevented Japan from eliminating conservation efforts for dolphins, porpoises, and small whales; and implementing a secret ballot. The Japanese delegation also narrowly lost their bids to abolish the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, exempt themselves from the commercial whaling ban, and kick Greenpeace out of the IWC meetings.

And you should know that your efforts played a major role in these victories. Due to pressure from concerned people around the world, including thousands of emails and faxes from you, Guatemala and Honduras decided NOT to attend the IWC meetings. Those two votes made all the difference. THANK YOU!

But after losing several votes, Japan pulled out all the stops, and actually won a non-binding resolution pronouncing that whales are guilty of over-fishing – by 1 vote! That’s right, the Japanese succeeded in convincing more than 30 nations that whales eat too much fish! And that wasn’t the only fishy thing that happened during the meetings. One of Japan’s pro-whaling allies arrived late to the meetings with their membership fees in cash, in a brown paper bag.

TAKE ACTION

We’ve taken a stand against Japanese Whaling, now it’s your turn to send a strong message!

The stage is clearly set for next year’s meeting in Alaska, and it will take everything we have to turn the tide. Now more than ever, the fight to protect whales is at a critical phase. That’s why we’ve announced that we’ll be returning to the Southern Ocean this winter to confront the Japanese whalers again. Please, support our efforts, follow this story, and share the news with your friends and family.

Sincerely,

Buffy

Buffy Baumann
Ocean Campaigner

Defenders of Wildlife – Stop Japan’s Whale Hunt

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Another action alert, this one from Defenders of Wildlife:

Protect the largest creatures on earth!

Japan is poised — yet again — to increase whaling operations and wants to overturn the international whaling ban altogether.

Take Action Now! Write to the White House urging opposition to Japan’s permanent membership on the UN Security Council until Japan complies with international laws for the protection of whales.

For more information, and to take action, click here.

Additional alerts are available here.