The New York Whale and Dolphin Action League


While Friday's votes did not give Japan the initial control, there are 4 more days of voting that can allow Japan's whaling position to take the majority.  Aside from killing 20,000+ dolphins each year in their gruesome "drive fishery" Japan has announced it will increase the number of whales taken under its bogus scientific whaling program and include endangered whales as well, despite international protections and the at-risk status of these many species.

PLEASE STAND WITH US AGAIN ON MONDAY, JUNE 19th, from 5-7 pm
at 49th and Park Ave., the Japanese Consulate in NYC, and call the US delegation today (contact numbers and email are below) and send this far and wide!

It's Time To Save WHALES – AGAIN!
HELP US STOP JAPANESE-LED EFFORTS
to OVERTURN the MORATORIUM on COMMERCIAL WHALING

MONDAY, June 19, 2006, 5-7 pm
at the NYC offices of the Japanese Consulate
49th and Park Avenue

During the June 16-20, 2006, International Whaling Commission meeting in St. Kitts, the Japanese delegation and its pro-whaling bloc are plotting to take over the agenda. Japan has "bought" votes from poor nations, paying them for joining the IWC and voting against whale conservation, to overturn the whaling ban. Yet, today, many whale species are facing extinction from pollution, acoustic threats, declining food supply, and even global warming. Many species have still not yet recovered from the decimation of 19th and 20th century whaling, despite the 20-year moratorium.

The Japanese have killed over 17,000 whales since the moratorium against whaling was established in 1986. Many of those killed were endangered and threatened species, as proven by DNA sampling, for although called "scientific whaling" the meat of the dead whales finds its way into Japanese markets.

As for this "scientific research," Japan has conducted "research" on thousands of whales, of the same species, in the same waters, year after year. Even scientists dispute the value of this so-called "research."  Today there is a growing glut of whale meat in Japan as most of the population, especially the young, refuse to eat it.  In addition, Japanese researchers have found such high levels of mercury and other toxins in whale meat that the Japanese government was prompted to issue a warning that pregnant women and children should not consume it. Yet the killing continues.  Tragically, whatever the outcome of this year's meetings, Japan has openly vowed to increase its slaughter and to kill endangered or threatened sei, sperm and even humpback whales this year.

HOW CAN YOU HELP STOP THE JAPANESE WHALE-KILLING MACHINE?

STAND WITH US, MAKE SIGNS AND BRING OTHERS AS WE JOIN THE HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OPPOSED TO THE KILLING OF WHALES

PLEASE EMAIL/PHONE/FAX THE FOLLOWING and tell them the Revised Management Scheme (to "manage" whaling) is unacceptable, offers NO protection for whales, and is unenforceable. Tell them instead to ENFORCE THE MORATORIUM AND CLOSE THE SCIENTIFIC LOOPHOLE! This may be the whales’ last chance.
Chief William Broglie, william.broglie@noaa.gov,
Dr. William Hogarth, 301-713-2239, Fax: 301-713-1940, bill.hogarth@noaa.gov,
Dr. Douglas DeMaster, 206-526-4000, Fax: 206-526-4004, douglas.demaster@noaa.gov.
For more information visit: csiwhalesalive.org, and
http://www.earthisland.org/immp/eco2005issue1.html.

LETTER to NOAA on the RMS and IWC

June 16, 2006

Dear NOAA Chiefs Hogarth, Broglie and Demaster,

A resumption of commercial whaling, as being discussed at the International Whaling Commission meetings this week in St. Kitts, will be disastrous for already compromised populations of whales everywhere.  If a Revised Management Scheme (RMS) is adopted to "control" whaling, there is no way to enforce it and whale killing will increase to the detriment of the marine environment and already at risk species.  How can Japan, a nation that has openly bribed other nations, even land-locked nations, to vote for its whaling agenda, be trusted to respect the guidelines of any treaty that curtails its brutal and illegal slaughter of whales? Quite frankly, it cannot.

Today, as we well know, many whale species are facing extinction from various threats including pollution, acoustic assaults, declining food supply, and even global warming. Many species have still not yet recovered from the decimation of 19th and 20th century whaling, despite the 20-year moratorium.

The Japanese have killed over 17,000 whales since the moratorium against whaling was established in 1986.  Many of those killed were endangered and threatened species, as proven by DNA sampling, for although called "scientific whaling" the meat of the dead whales finds its way into Japanese markets. As for this "scientific research," Japan has conducted "research" on thousands of whales, of the same species, in the same waters, year after year. Even scientists dispute the value of this so-called "research."

Today there is a growing glut of whale meat in Japan as most of the population, especially the young, refuse to eat it.  In addition, Japanese researchers have found such high levels of mercury and other toxins in whale meat that the Japanese government was prompted to issue a warning that pregnant women and children should not consume it. Yet the killing continues.

Tragically, whatever the outcome of this year's meetings, Japan has openly vowed to increase its slaughter and to kill endangered or threatened sei, sperm and even humpback whales this year.  One recent poll showed that 80% of Americans were opposed to killing whales.  You are at St. Kitts to reflect the sentiments of the American public.  Please stand firm with conservation nations as opposed to any adoption of the RMS at the 2006 IWC meetings and at all times in the future.

Thank you very much.

Taffy Lee Williams
New York Whale and Dolphin Action League
PO Box 273
Yonkers, NY 10707 USA
914-793-9186
www.ny4whales.org
Because when we save whales, we save ourselves


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