Petition Tag - whales

1. Saving our Oceans. Stop the slaughter of Dolphins in Taiji.

Saving Our Oceans
Solid garbage makes its way to the ocean. Plastic bags, balloons, glass bottles, shoes, and packaging material – if not disposed of correctly, almost everything we throw away can reach the sea.

Plastic garbage, which decomposes very slowly, is often mistaken for food by marine animals with often fatal effects, by marine mammals, fish, and birds that mistake it for food. High concentrations of plastic material, particularly plastic bags, have been found blocking the breathing passages and stomachs of many marine species, including whales, dolphins, seals, puffins, and turtles.

Ric 0’ Barry Dolphin Project
The mission of the Dolphin Project is to end dolphin exploitation and slaughter, as dolphins are routinely captured, harassed, slaughtered and sold into captivity around the world – all in the name of profit. Dolphin Project works not only to halt these slaughters but also to rehabilitate captive dolphins, investigate and advocate for economic alternatives to dolphin slaughter exploitation and to put a permanent end to dolphin captivity.

handcyclingsouthuk@outlook.com

2. Don't expand Hawaiian Islands' Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary/NOAA is proposing a Draft Environmental Impact Survey to Expand areas from Hawaii Island throughtout the chain to Ni'ihau and further. This proposal by NOAA will jepordize all our public rights and rights protected under the Hawaii State Constitution Article 12 section 7 to all areas within the demarked Sanctuary boundaries under Federal Jurisdiction.

Our Hawaii oceans have served and been heavily utilized by the public for an array of relaxation and subsistence purposes for many generations and by allowing this proposal it will jepordize the rights of every person.

The State of Hawaii needs to take a strong stance against further development of policies and rules under Federal Laws which have no legal basis within the State of Hawaii's borders.

3. Free Tilikum: release him back into the wild

Tilikum has killed 3 people while in captivity.

Tilikum (born c. December 1981), nicknamed Tilly, is a bull orca who currently lives in captivity at SeaWorld Orlando, Florida.

He is frustrated and needs to be free.

We want Tilikum to be released back into the wild after 22 years of captivity.

4. Ban Captivity for Marine Animals

Captivity harms marine animals. In the wild Orca whales can live between 50 and 100 years. In captivity they only live half of a normal lifespan.

Orca whales have not been known to harm humans in the wild. The only attacks to humans have been in captivity. Therefore, the behavior of Orca whales changes in captivity. They become more aggressive and violent.

Captive male Orca whales have collapsed dorsal fins. In the wild their fins are straight. Whales in captivity are separated from their family units, for example, Shamu from Sea World, was taken from her mother as a calf and the mother became very depressed.

Orca whales are highly intelligent and their brain is able to process emotions. The Orca Tillikum was regularly deprived of food, as are all marine animals in captivity, in order to perform for Sea World. Tillikum became very aggressive and attacked trainers. I was inspired by the documentary Blackfish to start a petition to end the captivity of marine animals.

5. Reduce Marine Sound Pollution

Our planet's oceans have become a very noisy place. Places like New York and LA no longer compare to the noise pollution of our oceans. This increase in noise has caused many hundreds, if not thousands, of marine animals to die from stranding themselves on beaches to dieing from organ failure and bleeding in the brain.

Links for research:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/11/science/project-seeks-to-map-and-reduce-ocean-noise-pollution.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

http://www.marineinsight.com/marine/environment/effects-of-noise-pollution-from-ships-on-marine-life/

http://www.terranature.org/oceanNoise_Weilgart.htm

6. Free Captain Captain Paul Watson of Bogus charges from Costa Rica and Japan

Interpol announced it has issued a ‘red notice’ to its member nations for Sea Shepherd president and founder, Captain Paul Watson. This action occurred after Costa Rica renewed its request in the form of revised paperwork to Interpol seeking Captain Watson’s detention or arrest with the intent of extradition to Costa Rica.

Captain Watson was arrested in Frankfurt on May 13th last year on a 10-year-old warrant from Costa Rica while en route to Cannes, France. He forfeited his bail and departed Germany on approximately July 22nd after being held there under house arrest for 70 days, and is now in an unknown location. Captain Watson was being detained in Germany for extradition to Costa Rica for a previously alleged “violation of ship traffic,” which reportedly occurred during the 2002 filming of the award-winning documentary, “Sharkwater.”

These charges are made up on trumped up evidence against the Sea Shepherd for trying to stop illegal killing of wales sharks and dolphins.

7. STOP SOUTH KOREAN WHALING

South Korea are using science to continue to hunt Minke whales. It is NOT acceptable.

And WE the rest of humanity want an end to this farce.

STOP HUNTING OUR WHALES.

8. Stop Denmark's Blood Shame !

Every year the famous and intelligent Calderon dolphins in Faroe Island in Denmark are slaughtered and the main participants are young teens.

WHY?

A celebration, to show that they are adults and mature! In this big celebration, nothing is missing for the fun. Everyone is participating in one way or the other, killing or looking at the cruelty supporting like a spectator.

Is it necessary to mention that the dolphin Calderon, like all the other species of dolphins, it's near extinction and they get near men to play and interact in a way of PURE friendship.

The dolphins don't die instantly; they are cut 1, 2 or 3 times with thick hooks. And at that time the dolphins produce a grim cry like that of a new born child. But he suffers and there's no compassion while this magnificent creature slowly dies in its own blood!

9. STOP WHALING

Whaling is an inhumane act of extreme animal cruelty which needs to be stopped. Scientific whaling is having a serious impact on whale populations across the world. Sadly seven out of thirteen species of whales are now endangered and hanging on the verge of survival.

Australian statics show that more than 1,400 whales are killed every year in Australian Antarctic waters, and since 1986 more than 25,000 whales have been inhumanely slaughtered for profit. Whaling is unethical, inhumane and cruel; death by harpoon potentially imposes traumatic slow and extremely painful death, whales have been documented to be alive for up to two hours whilst they are pointlessly being slaughtered.

Whaling is a serious form of animal cruelty and must be stopped immediately; we have already lost too many precious living species on this planet and must act now to protect the gracious existence left that can be treasured for our generations to enjoy.

10. Help prevent whaling!

Hunting whales has dated back to 3000BC and should have been made illegal years ago. The ocean is their home just like the land is ours, they did nothing to hurt us so why should we kill them?

They are beautiful creatures and they will become extinct if you ignore all the petitions people are making to get your attention.

11. Free The Sea!

You've all heard of Seaworld, at least I hope. If you haven't then here's a brief description of what it is: An amusement park for Americans' and tourists' enjoyment that includes using animals as props, entertainment, and personal enjoyment.

You may ask why this is wrong or why it's any worse than a zoo. Both are wrong in my opinion but in this case I strongly believe Seaworld needs to be shut down for it's unfairness and cruelty to animals!

12. Stop the Killing of Dolphins in Taiji, Japan

Every year, over 20,000 dolphins and small whales are killed in 'drive' hunts, hand-held harpoon and cross-bow hunts. In recent years, these hunts have increasingly come under international scrutiny, prompting concern from bodies such as the International Whaling Commission (IWC), on both welfare and conservation grounds. Moreover, the exposure of the brutal slaughter of thousands of dolphins in Taiji by “The Cove”, the Oscar-winning documentary of 2010, has aroused additional public concern over the issue.

In the last 20 years, over 400,000 small cetaceans have been killed in Japanese waters. One form of these hunts is the 'drive hunt', in which dolphins and small whales are rounded up using boats and driven into shallow water where they are killed for their products. During the annual hunt in Taiji and Futo, most of the dolphins are stabbed on the spot, before being loaded onto trucks, sometimes still conscious, to be processed into meat and fertilizer. Young dolphins are ‘saved’ for the captive industry that is the primary motivation for the hunts. Many fisherman have admitted that they would not continue the drive fisheries if it were not for the high prices offered by the captivity industry for wild dolphins.

On the 14th October 2010, an international day of protest has been organized against the killing of dolphins and small whales in Japanese waters. Hundreds of thousands of environmental organization representatives and people from around the world will be outside the Japanese embassies that day to take part in a peaceful demonstration against the continuation of these hunts. Apart from the protest, we want to urge everybody to sign this petition to show your support to end the killing of dolphins in Japan. All the signatures gathered will be sent to the Japanese government.

For more information, please visit the following websites:
Japan Dolphin Day Website (www.SaveTaijiDolphins.org)
The Cove: www.thecovemovie.com
Chinese version of the petition:
http://www.gopetition.com/petition/39741.html

13. Stop the Japanese Whaling fleet NOW

This is a petition to help spread the word about the wrongness of the Japanese Whaling Fleet. They may label themselves as researchers, but they are not.

Please sign this petition to spread the awareness of the shameful affairs that the Japanese government allows their people to do.

14. Save the Whales - No offshore oil drilling in South Australia

Earlier this year the Minster for Resources and Energy granted oil leases off Kangaroo Island, SA. This area is an important region for some endangered whales. It is the breeding, resting, calving and feeding zone for the Blue whale, Pygmy Blue whale, Fin and Sei whales, Sperm whale, Layard's Beaked whale, the Humpback and Southern Right whales. We cannot risk an oil disaster in this area.

I call for the Minister to rescind his decision.

15. Protecting Whales in Australian territorial waters

Protecting whales in Australian territorial waters.

At the 2010 meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Morocco, representatives of the 88 member nations discussed whether or not to lift the 24 year ban on commercial whaling. Japan, Norway and Iceland have urged the organization to lift the ban.

A coalition of anti-whaling nations has offered a compromise plan that would allow these countries to continue whaling, but with smaller catches and under close supervision. Their plan would also completely ban whaling in the Southern Ocean. More than 200 scientists and experts have opposed the compromise proposal for lifting the ban, and have also opposed allowing whaling in the Southern Ocean, which was declared a whale sanctuary in 1994. Opponents of the compromise plan want to see an end to all commercial whaling.

16. Europeans Against Whaling

The Atlantic Whale Foundation operates the volunteer programme on the whale watching boats of Tenerife, Spain.

There are one million Europeans each year whale watching on these boats and this petition will give voice to their concerns about whaling.

As citizens of the European Union we want our governments to take all necessary actions to protect our planet's environment.


17. Stop Japan From Killing The Whales in the Antarctic

As we speak Japan and their whaling fleets are operating in the Antarctic with the goal to kill and deplete the whale population as witnessed first hand
by film footage - thank you to those who have come forward to film these killings and bring the evidence to the world court system.

The whales are killed for their meat and processed on their primary ships that have been assigned to work these areas.

The Volunteer Group that have attempted to stop this killing has been the " Sea Shepard" and her great crew of young volunteers who risk their lives to stop this needles killing for meat.

Please support this effort and write to Japanese Embassy here in the U.S. and tell the Ambassador to support our effort to stop the killing in the Antarctic region.

Stop the slaughter - now!!

18. Stop the Dolphin Slaughter in Denmark

Faroe Islands - The "Taiji" of Atlantic

Each year, in these Islands, the locals kill helpless pilot whales and some other small cetaceans.

The method used is to some extent similar to the one used in Taiji, Japan to get the dolphins and small whales into shallow waters: Fishermen and others use speed boats to chase and drive the whales into a bay. This chase can take a while and then when the frightened whales arrive in low water, the slaughter starts. The water then turns red with blood and the sight of dying whales. The Faroese kill about 100 pilot whales in a day - thousands in a season.

Take action.

Never, ever, killing an other creature, another living being, with whom we share this world, has done any good, to anyone. So let's stop it.

ProWal - http://www.walschutzaktionen.de/226301.html (Andreas Morlok - founder and executive ProWal)

19. Save rare bottlenosed pink dolphin and other marine life

The Great Oil Spill of 2010 caused devastation to many areas of marine life. But a rare pink bottle-nosed dolphin was spotted near Lake Charles, Louisiana shortly aftewards. It may be the only one in the area.

Bottlenose dolphins have been known to exhibit a high degree of intelligence, exhibit numerous vocal abilities, and are believed to possess a complex language. They are also known for their emotional complexity. Although bottlenose dolphins do not migrate, they travel extensively in search of food resources.

20. Save The Dolphins!

If you've heard of the movie "The Cove" you'll know what I'm trying to stop! Spread the word, put slaughtering dolphins to a end!

21. Support Whale Conservation

Hello all,

My name is Natashia,

It has come to my realization that these majestic creatures have been under attack for century's. I have spoken to and have had a lot of debates with others on this topic, and to be fairly quoted "more people need to care". I can't imagine a world without the presence of these highly exquisite additions to the sea. It is my hope and my goal that the whales will be here for many more century's to come, with the support and love of all of us, I would love to be able for my children and my children's children, to have the pleasure of seeing them in the ocean one day.

For years there have been many whales killed and then meat traded under objection, in 1986 200 sperm whales, 2 brydes, 311 minke whales were killed in Japan totalling 513 whales. In Norway same year, 379 minke whales were also killed. USSR 3,028 minke whales were killed.

That brings us to today, and we ask the question will it ever stop?

From 2000 to 2008 over 5, 727 whales have been killed in Norway alone, this keep in mind is not including 2009 and 2010.

To give a general idea of how many were talking about here lets say in Norway Japan and Iceland were looking at 20, 248.

Come one people is this really necessary? The sad part is, is Japan says half of the whales they are catching are going towards whale research that must be successful being as that they are ending up on their plates!, and the government doesn't seem to mind a taste either.

In 1986, the IWC instituted an indefinite ban on commercial whaling. This ban is still in effect, with certain exceptions, countries such as Japan and Norway have not honored the ban.

Unfortunately I know it all comes down to money and economic pressures. However us a people can make a difference, there are other ways of profiting aka making money, but it doesn't mean we have to kill our neighbors. Whale watching has become very popular and it's still safe for the whales.

I certainly don't want to be showing my children a whale at the bone museum, they should be apart of our future, not our past.

22. Free Tilikum, and Other Captive Marine Mammals

This petition has been created to show SeaWorld how many people are for the release of their captive marine mammals. Statistics have shown that captive orcas only live around 20 years on average; a far cry from the 60 years of wild orcas.

These intelligent, powerful animals are reduced to sideshow attractions; no better than the dancing bear attractions, that are now banned.

Together we can provide a voice for these animals, and help them be rehabilitated and moved to sea pens where they can live out the rest of their lives without the stresses of performing.

23. Grant Visas to Captain Paul Watson and 1st Officer Peter Hammarstedt

Call on the Australian Government to Grant Visas to Captain Paul Watson and 1st Officer Peter Hammarstedt.

This December the Japanese whalers will head deep within the Australian Economic Exclusion Zone with a mission to slaughter 1035 whales, with some whales likely to take over an hour to die. Of the 679 whales killed during the 2008/2009 whale hunt in Antarctica, 304 were female. Four of the female whales were lactating and 192 were pregnant at the time of death.

The Japanese government's "Cruise Report" gives gruesome details on the foetuses killed. The four lactating females would each have had a dependent calf that would inevitably have starved to death.

Australians are proud of their affinity with the coasts and understand that whales are highly intelligent, socially complex, special creatures that play a vital role in the health of our Oceans. So much so that whale watching is now a 360 million dollar a year industry.

Labor's pre-election promise to stand up to the Japanese whalers has been broken. This means that the only thing that stands in the way of Japanese whalers slaughtering whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Japan has asked the Australian Government to act against Sea Shepherd, so as a direct and blatant result Captain Paul Watson and 1st Officer Peter Hammarstedt have been denied visas to enter Australia.

As a result of this action, the government of Australia is giving Japan a green light to slaughter Australia's whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

24. Stop Whaling for Good

The Japanese Government is sending its whaling fleet into the protected waters of the Southern Ocean Sanctuary around Antarctica.

And this year, Japan is threatening to add endangered humpback and fin whales to its target list!

25. Save the whales BOYCOTT JAPAN





To call the whaling programme research is a hoax. The International Whaling commission has declared that the results of the programme are currently of no use, and non-lethal alternatives exist for determining all of the programme objectives relevant to whale conservation. 4,000 tonnes of the whalemeat which the hunt produces remains unsold, giving the lie to the suggestion that the whale hunt could become a commercially sustainable activity.

The current whale hunt in the Southern Ocean is neither scientifically useful nor commercially viable.

We will Boycott Japan and stop buying Japanese products until the killing of whales stops!

Hans Lak



26. Tell Denmark to End Whale and Dolphin Slaughter in their waters!

Whales are sensitive, social animals with highly developed nervous systems. They have a profound capacity to suffer distress, terror and pain. Each year, the Faroese kill pilot whales and other small cetaceans.

Islanders in motorboats first drive the whales into a bay. The chase may be lengthy. The exhausted, terrified and confused whales are eventually driven into the shallows. Here the bloodbath begins. The islanders repeatedly hammer 2.2 kg metal gaffs into the living flesh of each whale until the hooks hold. A 15 cm knife is then used to slash through the blubber and flesh to the spinal column. Next the main blood vessels are severed. The blood-stained bay is soon filled with horribly mutilated and dying whales.

The Faroese celebrate the butchery of their victims in an carnival atmosphere of entertainment. Indoctrinated from an early age, children are often given a day off school to watch the fun. They run down to the bay and clamber over the carcasses of slaughtered whales.

Every year around 2,000 whales are driven ashore and cruelly slaughtered in the Faroe Islands, mid-way between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. For centuries the Faroe Islanders have hunted pilot whales, driving entire schools into killing bays, where they are speared or gaffed from boats, dragged ashore and butchered with knives. Although the Islands are a protectorate of Denmark, they have their own Government and regulations governing the pilot whale hunt or "grind" as it is known.

Aside from the fact that the number of North Atlantic long-finned pilot whales is unknown and they are listed as 'strictly protected' by the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, this is an act of barbarism and pointlessness. By slaughtering 100 whales at a time, the Faroese are wiping out entire pods and family groups. They are removing building blocks from the gene pool of the species and damaging the web of life in the North Atlantic and the North Sea.

The drive hunt is a practice abandoned elsewhere many decades ago, and now outlawed by other European states. The inhabitants of the Faroe Islands have no subsistence need for whale meat, and much of the flesh is left to rot and be dumped; it cannot be exported, as it is polluted with heavy metals and other toxins and therefore cannot meet EU heath standards for human food.

According to Faroese legislation it is also permitted to hunt certain species of small cetaceans other than pilot whales. These include: Bottlenose dolphin; Atlantic white-beaked dolphin; Atlantic white-sided dolphin; and Harbour porpoise (There are also specific regulations for the hunting of harbour porpoise. Harbour porpoises are killed with shotguns).

27. Stop Whaling

The Japanese Say They're Whaling For Scientific Research But I Don't Believe it. It's Not True. Sign The Petition And Let's Stop Whaling!

P.S: Please go on this website:

http://www.animal-kingdom.synthasite.com

Thanks!

28. Support The Proposal For Lolita's Retirement!

Lolita, also known as Tokitae, is an old female orca living in Maimi Seaquarium. She was captured along with other members of her family on August 8th, 1970 in Puget Sound.

During the capture, four whales were killed, and seven young whales were captured. One of the seven whales was named "Tokitae", which is Chinook for "Beautiful Day". She is now known as Lolita, and for 30 years she has lived at Miami Seaquarium in the oldest and smallest tank in the country.

Her cousin, Hugo, used to share a tank with her, but he died from a brain hemorrhage after bashing his head against the walls of his tank. Lolita has been alone ever since.

Proposal Draft: http://www.orcanetwork.org/captivity/2007proposaldraft.html

29. Ban Whaling

Scientific Whaling is the method the Japanese now use to hunt whales. Since 1987 Japan has hunted sperm, sei, brydes and minke whales.

In 2005 they added the endangered fin whale to the list and have even attempted this year to get the humpback whale added to the list. Over the years these hunts have increased in size i.e in 2001 100 northern minke were hunted which rose to 856 in 2005.

This needs to stop now. There is no need for scientific whaling.

Over recent months the group Sea Shepherd re named one of their vessels the Steve Irwin. The Steve Irwin is currently operating in the Antarctic ocean to try and put a stop to the Japanese whaling fleet. They have discovered that they don't like being filmed and very controversial footage of whaling in progress was released to the media in the last few weeks.

The Japanese still claim they are doing nothing wrong and that it is all in the name of science despite clear footage of a whale struggling against the harpoon in it's back and the female and calf being dragged up onto their ships dead. We need to stop this now...forever.

30. Capture of wild dolphins and whales should be ILLEGAL

Only a few months ago, 28 live dolphins were captured from the Solomon islands, and headed for a marine park in Dubai. Already, 4 discarded dolphin carcasses have been discovered, and activists fear the worst for the remaining dolphins. Those that survive will be condemned to a life in slavery.

Dolphins are living, breathing creatures. They form loving bonds with their families in the wild, and they are extremely intelligent. Yet governments just treat them as an object; merely a form of profit.

Activists have called for the release of the dolphins, yet the Solomon Islands government claims that they had been working too long on this deal to stop.