Thursday, June 24, 2010

Great news update for whales!!!

ENCOURAGING NEWS UPDATE - The IWC has rejected a controversial proposal to allow commercial whaling

We are very relieved to hear that the IWC's (International Whaling Commision) controversial proposal to legalise commercial whaling has failed.

This would not have been possible without the support of thousands of people all over the world who voiced their opposition to the proposal through hundreds-of-thousands of phone calls, emails, letters, postcards, and petition signatures.

The following link is to a press release from IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare):
http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw_european_union/media_center/press_releases/6_23_2010_61994.php

You can also view an interview from Sea Shepherd Conservation Society:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbcZBwHRuME

This is a great step forward! Although whaling has not been legalised and re-enforced by the IWC Japan, Norway, and Iceland continue whaling throughout the world's oceans so we need to continue the pressure on those countries to stop these activities. In addition to whaling, many marine species including whales and dolphins face human-caused threats including:

  • POLLUTION: chemical pollution, marine litter and noise pollution (the constant sound of ship engines, underwater construction and oil exploration can drown out whale communication calls. Additionally, extreme sound levels can be potentially deadly for cetaceans).
  • FISHING: over-fishing has led to a decline in food recources for some species and fishing methods lead to high levels of mortality through bycatch (especially dolphins, turtles and seabirds)
  • HABITAT DESTRUCTION
  • SHIP STRIKE: large ships and vessels that often strike and injure or kill marine mammals
  • Whale calls which used to span entire oceans are drowned out by the constant sound of ship engines, underwater construction and oil exploration.
  • CLIMATE CHANGE: scientists are still exploring the many ways that climate change could affects whales, and us all.
If you are concerned please stay informed by following the efforts of conservation groups such as IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare), Sea Shepherd conservation society, and WDCS (Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society).

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