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WDCS - Dec.
2007 - Out of sight, out of mind?
Dear Friend, We need your help to campaign for new laws to protect
whales and dolphins around the UK before it’s too late.
SHEPHERD INTENDS TO RAM AND DISABLE PIRATE WHALERS
SOUTHERN OCEAN, January 9, 2006 --/WORLD-WIRE/-- Sea
Shepherd Conservation Society believes it is time to escalate the
confrontation with the Japanese whaling fleet and bring an end to
the illegal and ruthless slaughter of defenseless whales in the
Antarctic Whale Sanctuary.
Despite many years of campaigning to try and
prevent the annual seal pup hunt in the White Sea region of Russia,
Kent based spearheading group European Animal Welfare (EAW)
supported by North Kent Animal Welfare (NKAW) are still largely
hitting a brick wall when it comes to getting the EU to act.
commercial seal hunt is the largest marine mammal slaughter
in the world.This year over 300,000 seals - mostly pups less than
2 months old - were bludgeoned, shot, and skinned to feed the
whims and greed of the fur fashion and exotic leather industries,
and their customers. Canada's commercial seal hunt is about
money.The goal of the Canadian Seafood Boycott is to take all the
profit out of sealing, and for every year the seal hunt continues
to directly cost those who kill the seals 50 to 100 times more
than what they earn from the commercial seal hunt.
YOUNG SEAL DISCOVERED SHOT IN SOUTH AFRICA Less
than 4-days after Helen Bamford's article "Plea to ban guns
on fishing trips to sea" in the Weekend Argus, another young Cape
fur seal bull has been discovered shot. Once again since
Sunday, dozens upon dozens of ski-boat snoek fishermen have been
leaving Hout Bay for the shoals of snoek running off Hout Bay, and
once again protected seals, are the victims.
Stop Russian seal farming and seal hunting!!!
( Open in new folder! )
end of this mail there is a draft letter which could be used
as a basis for sending to the Russian Embassies. Also
attached is an Outline document on seal farms in Russia.
Save Dolphins and Sea Turtles from Drowning in Fishing Nets
our Atlantic coast bottlenose dolphins and sea turtles are becoming
entangled in fishing nets and drowning at rates that threatens their
ability to maintain and recover their numbers.
Odyssea is committed to conservation and is actively involved in
protecting the marine life on the Protea Banks reef, see our JAWG
page for details.
Major US & UK Retailers Linked to Whale Meat Sales in
KENYA / AFRICA
LEAST YOU CAN DO FOR WHALES PLIGHT
TURTLE RESTORATION PROJECT
a Dolphinarium-free Belgium
Cetacean Bycatch Campaign. Bycatch
Action Day – September 4th
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stop the killing of seals in Canada
TO CLOSE THE DOLPHIN TANK AT MANATI PARK BAVARO!
400/40 Montezuma Avenue
Forest Knolls, CA 94933 USA
415 488 0370 ext. 106 • FAX 415 488 0372
IN: UN General Assembly to Vote on a Resolution Banning Shark
Finning and Reducing Marine Bycatch on November 24th
Coalition of 23 Marine Conservation Groups Praises UN Effort,
Further Immediate Action on Industrial Fishing
Calls for an Immediate UN Moratorium on Pacific
and Gillnet Fishing
Robert Ovetz, Marine Species Campaigner, Sea Turtle Restoration
415 488 0370, ext. 106 (o), +1 510 459 7955 (c)
UPDATE: Urge UN to Ban Longline Fishing
“Save the Leatherback from the longline
Throngs of school children, teachers and parents shouted this appeal to officials of the United Nations as they paraded in front of UN headquarters on June 8, World Oceans Day. Organized by Global Response and the Sea Turtle Restoration Project (STRP), the marchers were decked out in sea turtle costumes and carried black painted turtle umbrellas. They displayed thousands of letters urging U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan to take action against longline fishing, which kills 40,000-60,000 sea turtles annually. This wasteful and destructive industrial fishing practice has brought the Pacific Leatherback sea turtle to the brink of extinction.
The female nesting population of highly migratory Leatherback sea turtles in the Pacific Ocean has collapsed by 95 percent since 1980. Eminent scientists warn that the leatherback could go extinct in 5-30 years unless we reduce the threat from longline fishing. Because sea turtles are migratory, traveling thousands of miles each year to nest, an international solution is needed.
Global Response has been campaigning for a ban on longline fishing in the Pacific since 2003, when we delivered over 1,000 Global Response members’ letters to the U.N. This year, the Sea Turtle Restoration Project also collected letters from 1,007 scientists in 97 countries, urging the U.N. to implement a moratorium on longlining in the Pacific. Signers include famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, biologist E.O. Wilson, oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and former U.S. astronaut Bernard Harris, Jr., M.D. The letters were received by Paul Hoeffel, NGO liason chief for the U.N.
Inside UN headquarters, Sea Turtle Restoration Project led an energetic effort to promote the longline moratorium during the sixth meeting of the U.N. Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Canada, New Zealand, the US, Australia, Chile and Costa Rica all called for urgent reforms in the fishing industry. Costa Rica plans to offer the General Assembly a blueprint for the UN to begin addressing the longline crisis, according to Dr. Robert Ovetz of STRP.
For more information, please see the Global Response action alert at
and Sea Turtle Restoration Project at
Arauz, Programa Restauracion Tortugas Marinas, PRETOMA/STRP, Costa
Rica; Member, Shark Specialist Group, IUCN
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Nursahid, Chairman, ProFauna Indonesia, Indonesia
and Alan Stuart, Directors, European Cetacean Bycatch Campaign, UK
Cummings, Marine Programs Director, Center for Biological Diversity,
520 623 5252 (t), +1 520 623 9797 (f)
Lüber, President, Swiss Marine Mammal Protection, Switzerland
(0)1 780 66 88 (t), +41 (0)79 475 26 87 (c)
Dominguez, Grupo Ecologista del Mayab A. C. (GEMA), Mexico
52 998 884 6944 (t), + 529 988 849 857 (f)
Venizelos, MEDASSET-Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea
210 3613572 (t+f)
J. Nichols, Ph.D., Director, Wildcoast, USA
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R. Brakey, Executive Director, Amigos del Mar de Cortes, Inc., USA
1 520-578-5678 (t)
Newland, Sirius Institute, Hawai’i
W. Rossiter, President Cetacean Society International, USA
203 431 1606 (t/f)
Coalition for the Protection of Whales, Switzerland
1 780 66 88 (t), +41 1 780 68 08 (f)
Alice Pollard, Canadian Voice for Animals UK Representative
872 580 429 (t)
Cooper, Cetacea Defence, UK
Sandeman, Co-founder, The Marine Connection, UK
(0)207 499 9196 (t/f)
Minett, Campaigns Director, Advocates for Animals, UK
(0)131 225 6039 (t) +44 (0)131 220 6377 (f), +44 07946 517585 (c)
Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, President/Founder,
360 370 5650 (T) +1 360 370 5651 (F)
Barnett, Director and veterinary surgeon, British Divers Marine Life
Gordon, National Coordinator, Marine Conservation Education Program
Environmental Trust, USA
887 8811 (t) 202 887-8880 (f)
Knights, Executive Director, WildAid, USA
834 1758 (t)
Julian Bauer, PDG&CEO, ECOTERRA International
20 883333 (t) +254 20 882658 (f)
Hans-Jürgen Duwe, Chair, ECOP-marine
Francisco, CA –Today, the UN General Assembly will vote on a
resolution encouraging the “banning [of] directed shark fisheries”
(Para 48), and “action to reduce or eliminate by-catch…to
conserve non-target species taken incidentally in fishing operations”
(paras 34-35 ) such as sea turtles, marine mammals and other species.
While the international organizations listed above praise the UN for
expressing its “concern” for these critical issues of bycatch of
non-target species and sustainability, this mandate should be the
impetus for an immediate effort to place a moratorium on pelagic
longline, gillnet and other forms of fishing that is urgently needed
to end the pending collapse of our ocean ecosystem.
moratorium on Pacific longline fishing has already received wide
support from the international scientific community. An open letter
to the United Nations from 400 scientists, including the reknown
oceanographer Sylvia Earle and biologist E.O. Wilson, and 100
non-governmental organizations published in a full-page ad in The
New York Times on February 18, 2003, called for a moratorium on
pelagic longlining and gillnetting in the Pacific Ocean.
heart of the problem is industrialized fishing like longlining and
gillnetting, for example. Industrial longline and gillnet fishing in
the Pacific Ocean slaughters millions of endangered marine species.
Each year, about 4 million whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea turtles,
billfish, sea lions, and sharks are injured or killed by longlines
in the Pacific,” explained Dr. Robert Ovetz, Marine Species
Campaigner with the Sea Turtle Restoration Project. That total
includes about 40,000 sea turtles.
addition to pelagic longlines and gillnets, driftnets, trammel &
tangle, trawls and purse seines are wreaking havoc on the ocean
ecosystem. The crisis is systemic, impacting spawning habitats,
feeding areas, migration routes, and nesting beaches. Each year,
scientists are finding rapidly declining populations of predatory
and other commercial fish, cetaceans, mammals, and reptiles such as
the Pacific leatherback sea turtle whose female nesting population
has collapsed to less than 5% of its 1980s levels. According to a
report in Nature (June 1, 2000) scientists expect the 100 million
year old leatherback species to go extinct within the next 5 to 30
years if action is not taken immediately.
recent study commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund found that
about 1,000 whales, dolphins and other cetaceans are killed daily as
bycatch on longlines, driftnets and gillnets. According to Dr. Ovetz,
“this wholesale slaughter of marine mammals and other species can
be prevented. We know the cause and the solutions. Some of the laws
are already on the books. All that is lacking is the political
commercial fisheries are also in serious crisis. Studies by the UN
FAO and scientists in Nature estimate that the percentage of
fisheries that are near depletion, already depleted or over-depleted
range from 75-90%. According to a report in Nature (May 15, 2003)
industrial fisheries such as longlining, driftnetting, trawling, and
gillnetting are estimated to have reduced large predatory fishmass
to 10% of pre-industrial levels. Immediate action to implement
sustainable fishing will help not only reduce or end the slaughter
of threatened marine species but prevent a crisis in food security
for the 15% of the world that relies on fish as its primary source
the UN moves to debate the resolution, immediate action should be
taken to implement a moratorium on longline and gillnet fishing in
the Pacific. The resolution already expresses “concern at the
reports of continued loss of seabirds, particularly albatrosses, as
a result of incidental mortality from longline fishing operations,
and the loss of other marine species, including sea turtles….”
This concern needs to be translated into immediate emergency
action if we are to save our ocean ecosystem.
longline and gillnet moratorium could be modeled after the UN’s
foresighted efforts in 1991 to implement a global moratorium on
driftnets longer than 2.5 km. The moratorium stopped the slaughter
of millions of marine species, especially dolphins, that were being
injured and killed by these floating “curtains of death.” It was
this moratorium that led the European Union to ban driftnets from
its nearly all its waters in 2002. It will require similar UN action
to encourage the necessary political will to stop the destruction of
for a Dolphinarium-free Belgium
An appeal to new Belgian political representatives to end all
activities in the dolphinarium at Bruges
A Spanish group named Aspro Ocio recently bought our last Belgian
At the same time, a huge commercial campaign is now launched through
many popular newspapers in order to promote this facility. Maybe the
worst is to come. Will belugas and orcas be imported one day in
Belgium ? Why not ?
Everything is possible when you get money enough and some help from
Adquisición del Boudewijnpark, Bélgica
El 29 de octubre se firmó la adquisición por parte del grupo Aspro
Ocio del parque Boudewijnpark, uno de los grandes parques de ocio de
Bélgica. El parque está situado cerca de Brujas y tiene una
extensión de 200.000 m². Es un parque con una oferta muy amplia,
que posee un total de 25 atracciones incluyendo espectáculos de
leones marinos y delfines, instalaciones con focas, un gran lago con
barcas, atracciones para toda la familia como montaña rusa,
tiovivos, norias y una gran pista de patinaje sobre hielo. Se puede
encontrar más información sobre el parque en la web:
Con esta nueva incorporación, que es la tercera en el año 2002
después de Aqualand Sainte Maxime en Francia y Aquasur en Gran
Canaria, el grupo Aspro
Ocio se consolida como líder europeo en parques regionales de ocio;
en la actualidad tenemos 22 parques situados en 6 países: España,
Portugal, Francia, Suiza, Reino Unido y Bélgica.
More than ever, thus, at a time when Belgium could make its
influence felt on the European stage, it would be a great
achievement if this country could set an example once again on a
question of ethics and end this genuine abuse of animals by refusing
to have a dolphinarium on its territory. It should be noted that in
fact since the closure of the pools in Antwerp in 1998, there has
been a controversial pool in action in the city of Bruges as part of
the Boudewijn amusement park. Numerous wild dolphins have been
wrenched from the ocean and ended upconfined under the grey concrete
dome of this theme park. How many? Impossible to really know: it
seems that no official account has ever been published on the
arrivals and departures of these cetaceans to and from thisdeadly
We do know however from reliable sources that Allan, born in the
wild around 1963, and 'acquired' by Harderwijck in 1974, died in
Bruges, suffocated under burning beams during the great fire there
on 5th August 1988. Kiana, Oshun, and Jasperina, his three
companions, died at his side suffering the same fate. In their turn
other dolphins died later, eaten away by mould, gnawed away by the
chlorine, exhausted from lack of sun or by depression. Year after
year the pool became more depleted…
It appears that seven dolphins are still surviving there in 2003.
The year efore there had been eleven. As for the unhappy dolphins
born every year in his grim prison, one by one they are torn away
from their mothers straight ater weaning and sent to a pool
somewhere out-of-the-way in Portugal or esewhere, where they swim in
a 'petting pool' with tourists.
What do our children learn about the life of dolphins, of their
culture, their hunting habits, their languages, their amazing
intelligence or their enormous brain with a mathematical ability
which surpasses our own, when they go on a school trip to Bruges?
Nothing of course, absolutely nothing, only the fact that these 'non-humans'
can act like clowns and imitate us when they are forced to do so
through hunger, isolation, physical blows or boredom. The sole
education which this marine circus provides is to demonstrate that
Nature is made to be subjected by man and the dolphins made to play
It is high time that Belgium finally denounced this pointless,
obsolete, cruel and destructive American import loud and clear, like
they did in England as long ago as 1986.
* Pointless: since the 1970s dolphinariums have been widely
discredited for the purposes of scientific study or the preservation
of species The only useful way of observing, of getting to know, and
of protecting wild dolphins is to go out to the open sea where they
live. This is what serious scientists now do.
* Obsolete for the
purposes of education, as dolphinariums only give us a humiliating
and partial account of cetacean-clowns which is a throw back worthy
of the 19th century's perception of animals. There are enough films,
photos and even reasonably priced trips nowadays (wild dolphins live
all over the European coast) that we can dispense with these aquatic
* Cruel for no pool,
no lagoon could ever replace life in the wild for these highly
sociable and intelligent creatures who become weak in captivity and
before their time at the end of a grim life. The slow agony and duly
recorded life of the unhappy dolphin Iris will stay in our minds for
a long time as an example of how life in a pool represents a moral
and physical torture for cetaceans who are put there and subjected
* Destructive for the
environment, for the births in the pool do not fulfil their promise
of supplying new generations of dolphins; meanwhile hundreds of new
pools which open all over the world continually need a water supply,
and the incessant capture of young females and their babies which
takes place every day in every ocean will, in time, cause exhaustion
of the genetic pool and therefore the progressive extinction of wild
To keep such an "aquatic circus" under Spanish control
open in Belgium is a way of guaranteeing that this senseless
practice will continue, not only in Europe, but in the rest of the
By legislating against all forms of cetacean captivity, Little
Belgium, nevertheless "heart of Europe and home of NATO",
would encourage other European nations to do the same and to
understand once and for all that dolphins are highly intelligent
creatures blessed with their own culture, one that is adapted for
swimming in the open sea and not in concrete pools.
For these reasons we propose that the Council for the Protection of
Animals in Belgium (headed by J.M. Giffroy)firstname.lastname@example.org
and the new Animal Welfare Minister
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- demand that the new Spanish managers of the Bruges Dolphinarium
submit to them all relevant detailed information concerning new
acquisitions, births, deaths, the transfers carried out to and from
Harderwijk, Spain, Portugal, Senegal, or Solomon Islands up-to-date
reports on the state of health of the detained animals, their names
and origin etc.
- determine the best way in which the Dolphinarium at Bruges could
be closed down within the shortest possible time
- define the measures
to be taken so that the dolphins detained at the moment in this
establishment could eventually be returned to the open sea, or at
the very least, benefit in the future from a more decent reception
in an open air lagoon or closed marine bay.
Do you want to become involved in this campaign ?
Join us today just adding your name to the new
COMMITTEE FOR A
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Website "In the Name of Iris"
Cetacean Bycatch Campaign.
Bycatch Action Day – September 4th
Cetaceans are protected under the Bern, Bonn (ASCOBANS, and ACCOBAMS),
and Biological Diversity Conventions, the Habitat and Species
(92/43/EEC) and are treated as having Appendix I Status CITES,
the European Union. In the UK, they are protected under the Wildlife
Countryside Act, and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act.
However, each year, tens of thousands of cetaceans die in European
waters due to incidental capture in fishing gear (bycatch). The true
extent of the bycatch problem is not known, as many fleets prohibit
observers from boarding their vessels. Bycatch poses one of the most
serious threats to dolphins, porpoises and whales. Although
unacceptable bycatch levels have been identified in EU waters, very
little has been done by Member States to reduce these levels.
The European Cetacean Bycatch Campaign, is lobbying for the EU
Fisheries Policy to be amended to incorporate cetacean bycatch
mitigation measures. These include:
1) Mandatory placement of independent observers on board a
representative sample of vessels in fisheries with the potential to
2) The establishment of bycatch response teams, responsible for
programmes of bycatch reduction measures, to meet set targets and
frames, and for monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of
3) The restriction or closure of fisheries failing to meet the
within the given time frame.
4) Enforcement of bycatch reduction measures throughout the EU.
Enforcement of bycatch reduction measures has been shown to be
In 1994, it was estimated that 2100 harbour porpoises were killed in
Gulf of Maine (US) gillnet fisheries each year. In January 1999, a
bycatch response programme was put into effect. The deaths of
porpoises were reduced to 270.
In the US Mid-Atlantic gillnet fishery, it was estimated that an
of 358 harbour porpoises were killed in nets each year (1995 -
After the introduction of a bycatch response programme in 1999, the
estimated bycatch for that year was 49 harbour porpoises.
In 1972 it was estimated that 423,678 dolphins were killed in the
purse seine fishery in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. As a
of the enforcement of bycatch reduction measures, the preliminary
estimate of dolphins killed in this fishery in the year 2000 was
(estimates provided by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission).
The Campaign has gained the support of politicians, animal welfare
organisations, and individuals throughout Europe.
September 4th has been designated “European Cetacean Bycatch
We intend that the demonstration be peaceful, and good-humoured.
who cares about the issue of cetacean bycatch is welcome.
Similar demonstrations will take place in other UK and European
on the same day. We hope that this will send a clear message to the
European Commission that the loss of thousands of cetaceans in
gear will no longer be tolerated by the citizens of Europe.
For further information please contact
or write to ECBC, PO BOX 2404, LONDON, W2 3WG.
NRDC Earth Activist
Court battle to protect whales against deadly Navy sonar
John Adams firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Court battle to protect whales against deadly Navy sonar
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 13:57:37 -0400 (EDT)
Dear NRDC Earth Activist,
We need your immediate support as we go to trial in a case that is
critical to the future of marine mammals on this planet. Less than
two weeks from now, NRDC litigators will face off against the Bush
administration in federal court, with the safety of entire
populations of whales and dolphins at risk.
This long-awaited courtroom battle is the culmination of our
eight-year campaign to stop the U.S. Navy from illegally deploying
its Low Frequency Active (LFA) sonar system -- a new technology that
blasts ocean habitats with noise so intense it can maim, deafen and
even kill marine mammals.
I hope you'll go to https://www.nrdc.org/joinGive/join/lfa.asp
now to make an online emergency contribution in support of this
What's at stake? Consider: last year, the Bush administration issued
the Navy a permit to deploy LFA sonar over 75 percent of the world's
oceans and to harass or injure up to 12 percent of every single
marine mammal species found anywhere in this vast expanse of ocean!
But before that disaster could unfold, your support enabled NRDC to
to court last fall and win a dramatic eleventh-hour reprieve for
thousands of whales and dolphins. A federal judge blocked global
deployment of the sonar system until a full trial could be held and
all the evidence heard.
That all-important proceeding will begin on June 30th. It will
determine whether this dangerous technology is finally unleashed
upon our planet's oceans -- or whether it should be permanently
blocked until the Navy obeys the law and demonstrates that LFA would
not cause serious harm to ocean life.
Scientists are warning that LFA sonar may threaten the very survival
of entire populations of whales, some already teetering on the brink
of extinction. At close range, the system's shock waves are so
intense they can destroy a whale's eardrums, cause its lungs to
hemorrhage, and even kill.
Further away, LFA noise can cause permanent hearing loss in marine
mammals after a single transmission. At 40 miles away, LFA noise is
still so intense it can disrupt the mating, feeding, nursing and
other essential activities of marine mammals.
Two years ago, the mere testing of high-intensity Navy sonar in
mid-frequency range caused a mass stranding of whales in the
Bahamas. Whales from at least three different species died, their
inner ears bleeding from the explosive power of the sonar signal.
Just last month, a group of biologists off the coast of Washington
state witnessed a "stampede" of distressed marine mammals
as a U.S. destroyer, operating a powerful mid-frequency sonar
system, passed through. Over the next several days, ten porpoises
were discovered stranded on nearby beaches.
And the dangers go beyond marine mammals. In preparing for the
trial, NRDC has uncovered the shocking results of the Navy's own LFA
research on human scuba divers.
One Navy test subject was exposed to 14 minutes of LFA noise at 160
decibels -- far below the level of 235 decibels at which the actual
LFA system will be operating. The diver experienced uncontrollable
shaking in his limbs and lapsed into a seizure-like state that
recurred periodically for days. The Navy's report described him as a
The Bush administration wants us to believe that the impacts of LFA
will be negligible! Launching a massive acoustic assault on the
world's oceans is not negligible. Threatening communities of whales,
dolphins and humans with injury and death is not negligible.
The Bush administration's position on LFA is arrogant, inhumane and,
almost certainly, illegal. But we cannot stop the deployment of this
technological menace unless we have the financial resources to fight
this courtroom battle to the very end and win a permanent ban.
Again, I urge you to help by going to https://www.nrdc.org/joinGive/join/lfa.asp
right now and making an online emergency contribution.
With your help, we can make sure that no more whales have to suffer
and die from high-power sonar. Let me know you'll stand with us at
this critical moment in the fight to protect all ocean life. Thank
John H. Adams President Natural Resources Defense Council
oceans are at risk
From: "Ted Danson @ Oceana" <Ted.Danson@oceana.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002
oceans are at risk
You recently joined thousands of other supporters who sent a
President George W. Bush at http://www.OceansAtRisk.com
As you know, the threat to our oceans affects EVERYONE. Our oceans
at risk, and with them our food supplies, our coastal economies,
I need your help to get the word out.
With enough public support, we can protect our oceans and preserve
earth's web of life for future generations.
Thank you again.
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I just sent a free letter to protect the oceans at http://www.OceansAtRisk.com
. Our whole world depends on having healthy oceans.
But our oceans are at risk.
Every day, thousands of fish, turtles, dolphins and other marine
drowned, crushed, and suffocated after being caught on fishing
nets meant for other species. Each year, an estimated 44 billion
unwanted, dead or dying fish and countless numbers of turtles,
and sharks are simply thrown overboard.
Can you take 30 seconds to help stop this senseless destruction?
and send your FREE message at this link:
Oceans generate much of the world's oxygen, provide 95 percent of
living space for the earth's animals and plants, and feed billions
people around the world. We need healthy oceans to survive.
Like you, I love to swim in a healthy coral reef or watch whales
dolphins playing in the ocean. But in our lifetimes, the ocean
we treasure now could be gone.
As you read this email, hundreds of marlin, sea turtles, whales
porpoises are being caught and destroyed. Some of these species
endangered, and at risk of total extinction. We must act now to
preserve the earth's web of life for future generations.
Four Federal laws clearly require the U.S. to end this senseless
of our valuable ocean species. But, the government agency in
failed to enforce them.
That's why I'm helping to launch this campaign to tell President
act now to enforce the law and protect ocean life. I've sent my
now you can send yours.
It only takes a minute to help. And once you've done your part,
forward this message along to other friends and family members. We
so much from the oceans; let's give something back.
Thanks for caring about our oceans
to stop the killing of seals in Canada
IT WILL ONLY TAKE A FEW MINUTES!!!!
Target: Jean Chretien Prime Minister of Canada
Sponsor: Sasa Srepfler
Canada plans to kill more than 307,000 seals this year ! Last year
was the largest kill since the 1960's. We have to act
now to stop the butchery of these animals. .....
See full petition below.
Petition to stop the killing of seals in Canada In few weeks
time the seal hunt will start all over again in New
Foundland. Last year The Ministery of Fisheries and Oceans
exceeded their number of quota by 32,000 animals and their
estimate of a "sustanaible" hunt by more than 50,000.
The hunters, armed with clubs and other illegal weapons, beat to
death the baby hooded and harp seals in front their
mothers who often die too trying to save their pups. Male
adults often are left to bleed to dead after have their
penises brutally removed to export to countries such as Japan where
is use as an "aphrodisiac".
The most shoking evidence comes from 2001, when a international
team of Veterinarians who witnessed the hunt, perfomed
post-mortem examinations among some carcasses chosed
randomly and proved that a 42% of those seals where skinned
This is the largest mammal killing in the world and there are not
good excuses for such a massacre and torture of these
beautiful living beings. It only gives Canada a bad name as a
primitive nation, who gets profit from the fur of baby seals.
Please, we urge you to stop allowing and supporting the killing of
your own wildlife in such horrific way !
To Sign Petition go to:
Save Dolphins and Sea Turtles from Drowning in Fishing Nets
our Atlantic coast bottlenose dolphins and sea turtles are
becoming entangled in fishing nets and drowning at rates that
threatens their ability to maintain and recover their numbers.
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is now taking public
comment on plans to reduce this loss of depleted dolphins and
threatened and endangered sea turtles.
The plans, in the form
of proposed regulations, address the threats to these creatures
from fishing gear along the mid-Atlantic coast. In
large part the plan was developed by conservationists, commercial
fishermen, scientists, and others working through “take
The agency is taking
comments until February 8th, so please respond as soon as possible.
And please try to find time to edit our sample message to put it
in your own words, including telling the agency why these
creatures are important to you.
For information on the
life histories and threats to these animals please see our bottlenose
dolphin fact sheet and our sea
turtles fact sheet.
the western North Atlantic coastal bottlenose dolphin stock is
suffering human caused deaths in commercial fishing operations at
rates that are threatening the stock’s ability to maintain its
numbers, the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) requires the
development of a plan and regulations to turn this situation
stated goal of the plan is “To reduce the deaths due to
accidental entanglement in fishing gears.” NMFS is
currently taking comments on whether the proposed regulations are
adequate to meet this goal.
greater detail on the Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Plan visit
set up by NMFS.
sea turtles found in U.S. ocean and coastal waters are listed
under the U.S. Endangered Species Act as either threatened or
endangered. This requires that actions be taken to stem
their loss and promote their recovery. Over the last ten
years the number of stranded (dead) sea turtles found along the
coast of Virginia and North Carolina has increased dramatically.
Most of the sea turtles killed are from the northern subpopulation
of threatened loggerhead sea turtles. Scientists have
concluded that this important subpopulation is either in a state
of decline or at the very least is not recovering.
Entanglement (and death) in certain types of “large mesh” gill
nets is believed to be a contributing factor. Also believed
caught and killed in these gill nets are the lesser numbers of the
highly endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.
late 2002 NFMS issued regulations to reduce the loss of sea
turtles in federal waters, but this resulted in more gill net
fishing in state waters closer to shore, which also poses a
serious threat to sea turtles in the area. Therefore, NMFS
is proposing regulations in the state waters of Virginia and North
Carolina to reduce the danger from gill nets to sea turtles.
These same measures will also reduce the risk to bottlenose
dolphins from these nets, so the rules have been combined.
proposed regulations would implement commercial gear restrictions,
gear tending requirements, prohibitions on fishing at night in
some areas, gear marking requirements, and seasonal closures for
large mesh gillnet fishing in state waters of Virginia and North
Carolina. If these measures become permanent, hundreds
of sea turtles and bottlenose dolphins will be saved.
WDCS • December 2007
Out of sight, out of mind?
We need your help to campaign for new laws to protect whales and
dolphins around the UK before it’s too late.
Every day these vulnerable animals face being entangled, harassed,
bombarded with loud noise and driven away from their homes. With
increased development around our coasts and ineffective, outdated
laws to protect them, our whales and dolphins are fighting for
WDCS has been campaigning with other conservation groups for new
laws to protect UK sea-life since 2005. That year, we helped gain
a commitment from the Government to create a Marine Bill. However,
since then, the Government has consistently delayed the progress
of this Bill.
For the UK Government, the old saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’
seems to be good enough. But WDCS strongly disagrees and we need
your help to ensure whales and dolphins are not forgotten.
Whales and dolphins around the UK cannot wait. Without improved
protection from marine developments including near-shore and deep
sea industry, and other sources of chemical and noise pollution,
plus fishing nets, the many whale, dolphin and porpoise species
around the UK will become a thing of the past, potentially lost
from our coasts for good.
The Government is now saying that it will produce a draft Marine
Bill in Spring 2008. We need to ensure that this happens and that
the resulting laws really do protect whales and dolphins.
Earlier this year, we wrote to you asking for your help. If you
haven't already done so, please join our campaign and add your
name to our petition urging the Government to act. Click here to
sign the petition now. (
http://188.8.131.52/petition/petition/ ) Please also tell
your friends and family about our campaign.
Thank you, your support is essential to help us keep up the
pressure on the Government.
WDCS Director of Science