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Animal Awareness : Whaling
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 Message 1 of 4 in Discussion 
From: MSN Nicknamebreeze_tioga  (Original Message)Sent: 10/23/2006 8:07 PM
Workers hose down a large fin whale in Hvalfjordur, Iceland, Sunday, Oct. 22 2006. Iceland has broken a global moratorium on commercial whaling, killing the endangered fin whale for the first time since the 1980s, Icelandic media reported Sunday. Iceland's RUV television showed footage of a large fin whale being towed by the Hvalur 9 whaling boat. It said the whale was harpooned in the north Atlantic about 200 miles (320 kilometers) west of Iceland. Iceland announced last week that it would resume commercial whaling, ignoring a worldwide moratorium that came into effect in 1986. (AP Photo / Morgunbladid) Photo/Thorvaldur rn Kristmundsson
What is the purpose of whaling?  What do you get from whales that people would buy? 

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From: ConradSent: 10/24/2006 4:12 PM

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From: MSN NicknameSmigChickSent: 10/25/2006 8:45 PM
If memory serves, whale blubber has hundreds of valuable uses, including a source of energy. What's sad is that we have the technology and the resources to provide everyone in the world with the basics of life without ever having to kill any animal. But we choose not to because killing is so enjoyable a pasttime.
Honestly, I'm less upset by this practice (do not think that diminishes how much I abhor it) than I am by Vealing poor little calves. Yet people buy and eat veal every day. To me, it's no different - in fact, it's far more cruel.
I would like to know how they justify resuming whaling, though. Makes no sense...

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From: ConradSent: 10/26/2006 5:20 PM
Volume 6, Number 9 - October 2006
Fin whale being slaughtered

Iceland resumes commercial whaling
Iceland has decided to defy world opinion, granting a license to kill 30 minke and 9 endangered fin whales: the first commercial whale hunt the country has undertaken since the 1980s. Three years ago, we successfully battled back an attempt by Iceland's Fisheries Ministry to set a quota of 500 whales. We did it by showing Iceland that whales are worth more alive than dead: tens of thousands of us took the Iceland Whale Pledge -- a promise to visit Iceland if, and only if, the whaling ends. To date, nearly 90,000 people have taken the pledge. That represents a potential income to Iceland of more than 100 million US Dollars (80 million Euros), against a whaling industry that is today effectively worthless, and which even at its peak made only 4 million dollars per year. We've seen 20,000 new pledges in the last few days as news of the hunt has spread: we need to show the Icelandic government just how much we value keeping whales alive.

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Do-it-yourself activism: the return of the Greenpeace Forum
Lisa Lizardfish
Mouse on over to and register to join other Greenpeace supporters discussing our campaigns along with environmental and peace news in the new Greenpeace Forum: "Louder than Words." It's the successor to the Greenpeace Cyberactivist Community, and one of our goals is to encourage and provide resources for supporter activism. Lisa, or "bermewjan" writes about a campaign she's working on:

"The Government of Bermuda recently decided to destroy a third of our botanical gardens, one of the few open spaces left on the island, to build a new hospital. Many of us believe they should rebuild on the existing hospital site instead. In order to focus public support for saving the gardens, I launched a campaign using Flickr and a simple weblog - Support for the campaign has been great, with thousands of Bermudian residents signing a petition and many people including kids, and even a pop star joining the 'virtual march' I set up, inspired by Greenpeace's 2005 Virtual March for the Whales. And guess what? In light of the massive outrage, the government has announced it will reconsider!"

If you're a Do-it-yourself activist and want to get support, share lessons learned, or find other activists and resources to help you out, sign up at Louder than Words and post to our "DIY Activism" thread.
Bottom trawling moratorium within reach
Over the past year, all of us who have been taking online action have helped convince governments around the world to support a moratorium on unregulated high seas bottom trawling. That includes the US, Brazil, Sweden, Netherlands, France, Germany, New Zealand and Australia.

Bottom trawling tears up an area of seabed larger than Canada each year - large metal plates and rubber wheels attached to bottom trawl nets crushing nearly everything in their path.

But Canada is still trying to block the UN from taking action. We need to turn one more ocean destroyer into an ocean defender to protect deep sea life. Here are two ways you can help:

Click here to send an email to the Canadian Prime Minister.
Click here to call your local Canadian embassy or consulate.
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