Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: It's that time of year. The Hankster says please Save The Whales!!!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2000
    Location
    CICERO IL 60804
    Posts
    419

    It's that time of year. The Hankster says please Save The Whales!!!

    We'll know for the first time
    If we're evil or divine
    We're the last in line

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2000
    Location
    CICERO IL 60804
    Posts
    419
    We'll know for the first time
    If we're evil or divine
    We're the last in line

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Vestavia Hills, AL, USA
    Posts
    1,680
    Hank:

    Here is a site where you (and others) can sign a petition in protest of the killing of whales. They have more than 44,000 signatures already:

    http://go.care2.com/e/wTDa/Q5GJ/27CU

    And after you sign, you may want to un-subscribe from the site or they will e-mail you more petitions.

    Also, please notice that you can add your own comments to the petition.

    I trust this will help.....


    John
    I don't "go through channels." I dig my own....

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2000
    Location
    CICERO IL 60804
    Posts
    419
    Thanx friend, I signed!

    Hankster
    We'll know for the first time
    If we're evil or divine
    We're the last in line

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2000
    Location
    CICERO IL 60804
    Posts
    419
    Good news!!!!

    Under pressure, Japan drops humpback whale hunt: official
    11 hours ago

    TOKYO (AFP) Japan said Friday it was dropping plans to start hunting humpback whales for the first time in four decades after protests led by Australia seeking to spare the mammals.

    It is the first time Tokyo has backed down over one of its whaling expeditions, which have been a longstanding strain in relations with its Western allies.

    It also marks a coup for Australia's new left-leaning Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who has stepped up the pressure on Japan since taking office this month, including ordering a patrol ship and planes to track the whalers.

    Japan had planned to harpoon 50 humpback whales on its current expedition, the first time since the 1960s that Tokyo would have hunted the species, which are major attractions for Australian whale-watchers.

    "Japan will not hunt humpback whales," chief government spokesman Nobutaka Machimura told a news conference.

    "It's true that Australia expressed quite a strong opinion to Japan on this," he said. "As a result, I hope that this will lead to better relations with Australia."

    But he vowed the fleet en route to the Antarctic Ocean would go ahead with its hunt of nearly 1,000 other whales saying Australia and Japan had basic cultural differences on the issue.

    "Australians consider whales to be very affectionate, something I can't really relate to. But apparently they give names to every whale and there's quite strong public sentiment," Machimura said.

    Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith welcomed the move but called for Japan to end all whaling and vowed to press ahead with plans to monitor the hunt.

    "The Australian government strongly believes that there is no credible justification for the hunting of any whales," Smith said through a spokesman, as quoted by the Australian Associated Press.

    Rudd's Labor Party had accused the conservative government of his predecessor John Howard of being too soft on Japan out of consideration for economic ties.

    Machimura denied Japan was bowing to Australian pressure and said it was "suspending" the hunt of humpback whales for one to two years after talks with the International Whaling Commission (IWC) chair, the American William Hogarth.

    Machimura said the suspension was part of Japan's efforts to "normalise" the IWC -- Tokyo's expression for moving the 78-nation body back to its original role of managing whale hunting.

    "This is a very emotional issue, but Japan insofar as possible would like to conduct its scientific research and have cool-headed discussions," Machimura said.

    US ambassador to Japan Thomas Schieffer had earlier said that Japan agreed to stand down during diplomatic negotiations involving Washington, which also opposes whaling.

    Japan carries out the hunt using a loophole in a 1986 IWC moratorium on commercial whaling that allows "lethal research" on the giant mammals. Only Norway and Iceland defy the moratorium outright.

    Environmental movement Greenpeace and the militant splinter group Sea Shepherd have each sent a ship to Antarctic waters to try to disrupt Japan's whaling.

    Humpback whales, protected under a 1966 worldwide moratorium after years of overhunting, are renowned for their complex songs and acrobatic displays.

    The humpbacks' slow progression along Australia's coast to breed has turned into a major tourist attraction, bringing 1.5 million whale watchers a year.

    In Japan, the government's U-turn was welcomed by environmentalists who have fought a long and lonely battle against whaling.

    "This proves that international pressure can work," said Junichi Sato, who heads the anti-whaling campaign for Greenpeace Japan.

    "The decision also reflects the fact that Japanese people actually don't eat whale meat a lot. Many Japanese wonder why Japan has to go all the way to Antarctic Ocean to hunt whales," Sato said.
    We'll know for the first time
    If we're evil or divine
    We're the last in line

Similar Threads

  1. If you want to "Save the Whales" Boycott Japan
    By HENRY IZZO in forum Outside
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 12-21-2013, 12:14 AM
  2. The Hankster explaining The Hankster
    By HENRY IZZO in forum Lighthouse
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 07-17-2008, 12:57 PM
  3. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-17-2003, 12:56 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •