1__ From Greenpeace
The cycle of greed behind the global whaling industry drove one whale population after another toward oblivion.
the Japanese whaling fleet is steaming towards the Southern Ocean to begin their annual whale slaughter. Their planned death "quota" this season: nearly 1,000 minke whales, 50 humpback whales, and 50 endangered fin whales.
During the 2008 campaign, then-Senator Obama said, "As president, I will ensure that the U.S. provides leadership in enforcing international wildlife protection agreements, including the international moratorium on commercial whaling." Three more whaling seasons have come and gone since Obama spoke those words, and no change has been made.
"Allowing Japan to continue commercial whaling is unacceptable," as President Obama himself has stated, and Greenpeace is rallying support to put a stop to the slaughter, once and for all.
Commercial whaling is not only unacceptable—it's a violation of international law.
Picture a Japanese harpoon ship speeding through the Southern Ocean. Suddenly, the harpooner spots a mother whale and her calf. The sounds of the ocean are drowned out by the blasts of exploding-tip harpoons being fired at the whales.
The pair struggles to free themselves from the harpoon lines for nearly an hour, desperately thrashing their tails in the water, before a gunman finally steps onto the deck and shoots them dead. The mother whale and her baby are dragged up the ship’s slipway, leaving a long trail of blood behind them.
Much to our frustration, in a few days time this tragic scene will play out in the Southern Ocean over and over again. Greenpeace needs your help, and the help of President Obama, to put an end to the slaughter of our oceans’ most unique, intelligent, and emotional creatures.
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These highly intelligent creatures have fascinated people for centuries, most of us only able to see them when they return to the surface to breathe.
But they are at risk from a host of threats such as whaling, entanglement in fishing gear, boat collisions and climate change. Despite being protected, 7 of the 13 great whales are endangered or vulnerable.
Whales are iconic representatives of marine biodiversity. By protecting these flagship species and their habitat we can help many other oceanic creatures.
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A global network of marine reserves covering 40 percent of the world's oceans is urgently needed so that we can effectively help whales along with the rest of life in the ocean to recover. Sign the petition here.
2__ Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Sea Shepherd Departs for Seventh Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign: Operation No Compromise
After months of preparation, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has officially set sail for their 2010-11 Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign, Operation No Compromise. This year’s fleet is the strongest to date including veteran vessels the Steve Irwin and Bob Barker, with the addition of the newly-acquired trimaran Gojira, Japanese for Godzilla, with the necessary speed and power to outrun the whalers and put an end to their shameful activities.
Sea Shepherd will also deploy a more capable helicopter this year: the Nancy Burnet. This helicopter is faster, has a longer range, carries more people/weight, and is named after a very close friend of television game show host and animal rights advocate Bob Barker. Burnet helped facilitate Barker’s $5 million donation to Sea Shepherd in the summer of 2009. It was that donation that allowed Sea Shepherd to purchase the vessel Bob Barker as well as the upgraded helicopter and other essential equipment still in use.
“This is the largest crew and strongest fleet we have prepared to defend the great whales, and I am confident this year's campaign will be the most successful yet, especially as the Japanese whaling fleet remains docked in Japan because of issues involving a supply vessel,” commented Sea Shepherd Founder and President Captain Paul Watson.
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3__ Ocean Alliance
Ocean Alliance, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 1971 by biologist Roger Payne. Led by Dr. Payne and CEO, Iain Kerr, Ocean Alliance collects a broad spectrum of data on whales and ocean life relating particularly to toxicology, behavior, bioacoustics, and genetics. From that data we work with our scientific partners to advise educators and policy makers on wise stewardship of the oceans to: reduce pollution, prevent the collapse of marine mammal populations, maintain human access to fish and other sea life, and promote ocean and human health.
Ocean Alliance is concerned with the conservation of whales and all sea life, as well as human impacts on the marine environment. Through the Ocean Alliance program the Voyage of the Odyssey, we were able to focus on measuring the concentrations of synthetic contaminants that adversely affect the world’s oceans and its marine species. Ocean Alliance is also working to reverse humanity’s general apathy about the fundamental importance of the oceans and the degree to which the future of all life on earth is dependent upon them.
Ocean Alliance believes that the oceans and their marine inhabitants are a common, unique and irreplaceable asset of humanity. We believe that conservation should be a ‘state of mind’. We try to facilitate this process by linking the frontiers of marine science to educational institutions and homes around the world. We aspire to overcome obstacles to change, by sharing resources at an international level, realizing that a more informed and active society is a precondition to positive change and a necessity for a more responsive and coherent system of ocean governance.
* Ocean Alliance has been a global leader in whale research and conservation since 1970 when it was founded as The Long Term Research Institute.
* Ocean Alliance staff and students have been pioneers of many of today’s research methodologies that are used worldwide to study live cetaceans.
* Ocean Alliance runs the longest continuous study in the world based on known individual southern right whales–an endgangered species.
* Ocean Alliance runs an established network of professional contacts and affiliations, which make possible unique collaborations with the some of the world’s leading scientists.
* Ocean Alliance’s has been involved at every level in the development and production of award winning films, TV, an IMAX film and other educational media.
* Ocean Alliance has been featured in over forty documentaries and has won numerous awards and honors for such films.
* Ocean Alliance continues to be influential at international conferences and meetings.
* Ocean Alliance founder, Roger Payne, co-discovered in 1967 that humpback whales sing songs.
* Ocean Alliance founder, Roger Payne, discovered that blue and fin whales make sounds that can carry across oceans.
* Ocean Alliance generates innovative, groundbreaking, multi-ocean initiatives such as The Voyage of the Odyssey.