We find ourselves at a crossroads for the whales, yet again. The International Fund for Animal Welfare asks you to take a moment out of your day to take some meaningful action for whales.
Take a moment to call The White House and let the Obama team know they need to stop the sellout of the world's great whales, and please sign this petition and show them we are serious when it comes to their protection.
Thank you kindly for caring about these gentle giants,
P.S. Please don't forget to share this far and wide, we are up against a group of anarchists who have decided on getting their own way already. PLEASE visit IFAW's site at: http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw_united_states/join_campaigns/whales/index.php and take action there as well!
My sincere thanks for your precious time, Namaste
- U.S. House of Representatives
- U.S. Senate
- President of the United States
"Save the Whales!" One of the earliest slogans of the environmental movement, it galvanized a generation of conservationists. Awe-inspiring behemoths that breached the ocean's waves and could communicate with one another underwater, whales inspired public support in a way endangered snail darters and obscure plants never could. In light of that fight for a comeback, delegates from around the world will decide in the coming weeks if they should condone commercial hunts once more.
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) will consider a controversial plan seeking a truce in the battle that has raged since a global whaling ban took effect in 1986. Three nations -- Japan, Norway and Iceland -- have defied that moratorium, insisting on the right to use the oceans as they always have, and in recent years have expanded their whale hunts.
The compromise being considered would give approval for commercial hunts by those three nations in exchange for an overall cut in the number of whales being killed each year.
While the United States has yet to formally endorse the compromise, the details of which will be made public on April 22, Earth Day, U.S. commissioner to IWC Monica Medina said it may represent the best chance of bringing the ongoing whale hunt under control: "It's a global problem, and needs global solutions."
New research, using underwater buoys with recording devices, has shown the whales are in sanctuary much more often than scientists had realized. They've also determined that 70 percent of the space they had to communicate in during ancient times is now drowned out by the noise of ship traffic and other human activities, including ship hits. What they're undergoing is an incredible degree of stressors in an environment that's only getting worse.
Globally, however, the biggest threat facing large whales may be climate change.
In short, the decision to continue to protect these magnificent animals rests in your hands, and that decision may make or break the future of one of the world's most beloved and inspiring mammals in the history of mankind. Please take a moment to listen to a recording of Humpbacks singing, maybe that will help you decide.
Whale Protectors Around the World
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