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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Yes to Live Whales!

From the Greenpeace Site:
Iceland has decided to defy world opinion, granting a license to kill 30 minke and 9 endangered fin whales: the first commercial whale hunt the country has undertaken since the 1980s. Three years ago, we successfully battled back an attempt by Iceland's Fisheries Ministry to set a quota of 500 whales. We did it by showing Iceland that whales are worth more alive than dead: tens of thousands of us took the Iceland Whale Pledge -- a promise to visit Iceland if, and only if, the whaling ends. To date, nearly 90,000 people have taken the pledge. That represents a potential income to Iceland of more than 100 million US Dollars (80 million Euros), against a whaling industry that is today effectively worthless, and which even at its peak made only 4 million dollars per year. We've seen 20,000 new pledges in the last few days as news of the hunt has spread: we need to show the Icelandic government just how much we value keeping whales alive. Your travel plans could save a whale. More on what to do HERE!

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