More Whale Slaughter Ahead?

The Japanese are still working to lift the ban on commercial whaling later this month. Below is a Greenpeace update on what's happening and how you can help.


For me, the oceans are fascinating, full of exotic and mysterious creatures – a world apart. But of all the creatures in the ocean, I’m not sure anything is more captivating and beautiful than a whale. And to me, nothing is as ugly or egregious as a whale slaughtered for profit.

I may not have been onboard the Esperanza with Nathan, stopping Japanese whalers from killing whales in the Southern Ocean, but I will be onboard the Arctic Sunrise in two weeks, when we try to stop the Japanese government’s efforts to take control of the International Whaling Commission.

We’ve been working hard to stop the slaughter of whales for what Japan calls, "scientific research." This year alone, the Japanese government performed lethal so-called research on nearly 1,000 whales – and then sold them in the marketplace. But if the Japanese are successful in their bid to reopen commercial whaling, the death toll for whales will climb even higher. That’s not only cruel and inhumane, it could send some endangered species spiraling back toward extinction.

I need your help to STOP the Japanese Government from winning a majority vote on the International Whaling Commission in 2 weeks.

Take Action Now Write to the governments of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Marshall Islands urging them to vote with the whales, not the whalers, at the upcoming IWC meeting. With the voting margins razor-thin this year, the Japanese have a good chance of winning a majority vote for the first time.This means that pro-whaling countries will control the agenda, and begin pushing to reopen commercial whaling.

We can’t allow that to happen. Every vote counts, and we urgently need your help to reach these 3 voting nations with a strong message. Please, Take Action Now, and then encourage your friends and family to do the same.

I’ll be in touch from onboard the Arctic Sunrise, and you can follow what’s happening on my blogs.


Buffy Baumann
Ocean Campaigner


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