72 hours left to Stop Whale Killing!
Here is an e-mail that we received. This message concerns everyone that wants to do something to help save the whales of our world!! A petition that has been started and now that already has the support of 900,000 people!!
Read it and sign it to!
"900,000 of us against whale killing! The pressure is working but the next 72hrs are crucial, let's get to 1 million! Forward this message to everyone you know:
In one week, the International Whaling Commission will hold its final vote on a proposal to legalize commercial whale hunting for the first time in a generation.
More than 900,000 of us have signed the petition to protect whales -- let's get to 1 million!!
Click to sign, and forward this email to everyone:
But pressure from the other side has been relentless -- a newspaper investigation has triggered revelations about Japan effectively bribing small nations with aid. Other governments, especially in Europe and Latin America, could abstain... or even support the proposal. The vote could go either way.
Citizen pressure is our best hope -- and it's working. The whaling lobby expected to win easily, but thanks to actions like ours, champions of the ban are standing strong. It was an explosive worldwide social movement in the 1980s that led to the commercial whaling ban we're now protecting. Now civil society access to the talks is being limited, so this powerful petition campaign is a vital channel of worldwide pressure in the final 72 hours of negotiations.
After the global ban was first implemented on commercial whaling, the number of whales killed each year plummeted from 38,000 per year to just a couple of thousand. It's a testament to the power of humanity to move forward. As we move to confront the other crises of the modern age, let's cherish this legacy of progress -- by joining together now to protect our majestic and intelligent neighbors on this fragile planet.
P.S.: Despite the ban, Japan, Norway, and Iceland have continued whaling -- and are now pushing to make the IWC proposal as lenient as possible. Expecting permission to catch more whales than ever, Japan is reportedly planning to buy its largest whaling ship yet. Click here to sign the petition against commercial whaling!
"Flights, girls and cash buy Japan whaling votes" - a new exposé by the Times of Londonhttp://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article7149086.ece
"Nations Push To Develop New Whale-based Products" - anticipating the end of the whaling ban, whaling nations planning whale-based products including golf balls and detergent.