Canada: After the Seal Pups, Now The Government Approves Mass Whale Killing !

From: Taffy Lee Williams <tlwilliams@optonline.net>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2008 23:16:56 -0500

 

URGENT:  A HORROR STORY IS UNFOLDING IN CANADA:

The slaughter (by Nunavet) of what was thought to be 200 (which we now
know was underestimated) narwhales “trapped in the ice” was bad enough;
now the horror has turned into a blood bath of up to 500 narwhales!

This atrocity is putting the area’s population of narwhales at risk of
extinction.

Please contact Minister Gail Shea and tell her to put a stop to the
slaughter of hundreds of narwhales. Tell her to call off the hunters and
send in the nearest icebreaker immediately.
  Also tell her that the annual
quota for whales 130 should be respected and any additional “takes”
applied to next year’s allotment for the Nunavet.  Tell her whale meat is
contaminated, and

the real reason the slaughter continues is for the
single ivory tusk, worth $1500 a piece.

 

This is not about subsistence tribal whaling, this is about wholesale
slaughter and wholesale marketing of ivory tusks.
  Here are the contact
numbers. Let’s flood the office of Gail Shea with letters immediately, to
save the lives of these whales.

 

Taffy

Send your own letter or if you copy the letter below please add the
following statement:

I am in complete agreement with the message below; it expresses my own
thoughts and sentiments on this grave matter.

   Name,
   City, State,
   Country

Mail to: Shea.G@parl.gc.ca
The Hon. Gail A. Shea
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Telephone:  (613) 992-9223
Fax: (613) 992-1974

Letter to copy and send – Send your own letter or

if you copy the letter below please add the
following statement:


I am in complete agreement with the message below; it expresses my own
thoughts and sentiments on this grave matter.

   Name,
   City, State,
   Country

 

 

The Hon. Gail A. Shea
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Shea:

It is simply unfathomable that the DFO has been as exceedingly negligent
in protecting the narwhales of Pond Inlet as it has been.  Not only does
the condemnable lack of action by the DFO reveal the agency’s actual
utter disregard for the welfare of its natural resources, but supports
an illegal disregard for the rule of law established for the welfare of
marine species.

I speak for hundreds of animal welfare and wildlife specialists in my
area, and while we are far from the scene, I advise you that the concern
for these whales is exceedingly great.  We don’t need to remind you that
we are in a global crisis and the extinction of species is 100 times its
normal pace due to human activities.

If the native Nunavet could not accurately estimate the number of
entrapped whales (“200”), as it now seems there are more than double the
initial tallies (closer to 500), one can discount their statements that
the population is “healthy.”  In reality, a population could be called
“healthy” to justify a mass slaughter.

Narwhale tusks can fetch $1500 a piece on the market.  What do you think
is the real motivation force here?  The quota for hunting whales should
be adjusted over the next several years to account for the slaughter in
excess of their 130 number tally this year. This is the only proper
course to take in response to this outrageous killing spree.

It was reported that the nearest icebreaker was 50 km away from the
carnage.  In that case, the DFO should be condemned even further, as 50
km is an easy distance to travel, despite the conditions, to save an
entire population of cetaceans.

Now a major portion of the global population of narwhales, and certainly
this specific population and its genetic diversity, are poised for
annihilation.

-We can not urge you more strongly and with more urgency to call off any
hunting activities immediately and send the icebreaker to the scene.  In
addition, you must please advise the Nunavet to vacate the scene at
once. Otherwise the blood of this species falls on the regulatory body
that failed to act, allowed an essentially illegal mass slaughter to
occur, and brought about a collapse of the ecosystem that the narwhales
are an integral part of.

If the DFO is ridiculously concerned that “the noise of the icebreaker
will scare the narwhales,” what do you think the sound of gunshots next
to their faces, and the slaughter of their close kindred is doing to
them? That is a poor excuse for what is likely a lazy and apathetic
attitude, leading to the utter failure of the DFO’s objectives by the
DFO itself.

In addition, it is essential that the DFO create an proper marine mammal
stranding response team to immediately address future crises such as
this, for whatever measures are in place are pitifully, woefully
inadequate.

Sincerely,

Taffy Williams

Taffy Lee Williams
New York Whale and Dolphin Action League
PO Box 273
Tuckahoe, NY 10707 USA
914-793-9186
407-404-2046
<http://www.ny4whales.org>www.ny4whales.org

When we save whales, we save ourselves.

Taffy Lee Williams
New York Whale and Dolphin Action League
PO Box 273
Yonkers, NY 10707 USA
www.ny4whales.org
914-793-9186 / 407-404-2046 cell
Because when we save whales, we save ourselves.

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