Friday, March 19, 2010

Do you think we are doing enough as a country to protect the whales?

I received an email from The Natural Resource Defense Council.
June 23rd The International Whaling Commission put a halt on the proposed life on whaling. So for the moment the whales are safe again.

I love the show Whale Wars on Animal Planet. When I first watched the show I wasn't sure
if I liked it but I quickly fell in love with the passion of captain Paul Watson and the Sea Sheppard's crew.
To think that such a beautiful creature is being hunted to near extinction is sad.
I think it's admirable that the volunteers put their lives on the line for such amazing creatures.
I wish they had a fleet of ships to do the work they do.
UPDATE: This season on Whale Wars, they have a second large ship and a smaller faster boat called the ADY Gil.
It takes a lot of guts going up against the whaling ships.
Check out Whale Wars on Animal Planet.

What's your opinion of the show and on whaling in particular?
Is there more that could be done to help protect the whales?

Humans remain the biggest threat to whales.
Known human threats to whales include:

  • Whaling
  • Overfishing
  • Noise such as sonar weaponry
  • Entanglement in fishing gear
  • Pollution
  • Declining Wild Salmon populations due to pollution, over fishing, sea lice, disease spread from Salmon farms.
The blubber of dead whales in some areas are super contaminated with PCBs and are very unhealthy to eat!
Some PCBs and pesticides found in whales are classified as toxic waste.

What about the dolphins?
I have never met anyone who doesn't love the dolphins.
Like the whales they are very self aware, very connected, highly intuitive animals.

The multiple award winning movie "The Cove" is a stunning masterpiece!
It represents the plight of the dolphins and is a must see movie.

Ways we can help the dolphins: 
  • Buy dolphin safe tuna, primarily fished in the USA, we have stricter fishing rules
  • Planning a vacation to a local wildlife water park? Ask them where they get their dolphins. Do not support a park that purchases their dolphins from Japan.
  • Support only wild dolphin parks/activities. Place you can swim with free non captive dolphins. (They are there by choice)
  • Clean up the pollution, stop dumping toxic cleaners down your drain, spraying your lawns, throwing your plastic away, RECYCLE.
  • Join the Cove community and continue to put pressure on Japan for their not so secret 6 month dolphin slaughter. They slaughter more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises off the coast of Japan every year!  Join the cove community.
  • Continue to make your voice heard. Your voice matters! Teach your children how to write letters and draw to pictures to send to congress.

Written by: Carol Lawrence


Amazing Whales! (I Can Read Book 2)A Whale of a Tale!: All About Porpoises, Dolphins, and Whales (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)

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