ARIW: Iceland resumes Whaling.

May 27, 2008 at 5:36 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )


Iceland has decided to resume whaling, again. This is another blow for Whales and animal rights and something needs to be done. Please read the article below and follow the link at the bottom to sign the petition and help put a stop to Whaling once and for all.

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WSPA is disappointed to report that the Icelandic Ministry of Fisheries has made a retrograde step for animal welfare by issuing a commercial whaling quota for 40 minke whales in 2008.

In 2007 the Icelandic Fisheries Minister said that demand for whale meat was so low that they would not renew their quota. This move was greeted with enthusiasm from animal welfare and conservation groups worldwide.

However, in cruel hunts due to start today, 20 May, forty minke whales will be targeted using explosive harpoons that often fail to kill the whale straight away, resulting in intense suffering which can last over an hour.

In comparison to Norway and Japan’s hunts, Iceland’s quota is small. But WSPA believes that all whaling is unacceptable – whether it is one whale being killed or one thousand – for the simple reason that there is no humane way to kill a whale at sea .

Whales, not whaling

In recent years Iceland has seen the benefits of a growing whale watching industry, an activity which is far more sustainable and economically beneficial than whaling. The killing of these whales poses a threat to the reputation of a country which is trying to develop itself as a leader in ecotourism.

Iceland’s own Ministry of Foreign Affairs is aware of the damage this decision could do to Iceland’s international reputation and already fragile economy. Minister Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir has been quoted as saying, “As Minister for Foreign Affairs, I believe this is sacrificing long term interests for short term gains, despite the quota being smaller than in previous years.”
WSPA urges the Icelandic Government to rethink this decision and focus on further developing their already profitable whale watching industry rather than hunting these fascinating creatures.

This is the message WSPA will be taking to all whaling nations at the 60th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission in June 2008.

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ARIW: FUCK OFF JAPAN… LEAVE THE WHALES ALONE!!!!

May 13, 2008 at 10:33 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )


This disgusts me, I cannot believe they still do this shit, it is wrong and I for one think we need to make more people aware of what’s going on so we can put a stop to it. Can you believe this shit? They say they are going to be increasing their quota by 50 whales a year. I’m so outraged i’m seeing red here, Whales are beautiful creatures and SHOULD be left alone to live in peace. Didn’t they ever see Star Trek 4???

Anyways here’s something I found about Whaling, please read it and please take some action, do whatever you can and/or feel capable of.

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This group is aimed at the ICR & Japanese Government. It is a forum for people of our world to share their concerns about Japanese whaling.

We hope it will help exert regional pressure on Japan to cease its illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Please don’t join to turn it into a racial battleground.

Japan is singled out as it is the only country to have breached the:

– United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,

– United Nations Charter on Nature,

– The Antarctic Treaty System,

– The Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species (CITES) and

– The International Convention on the Regulation of
Whaling

http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw/general/default.aspx?oid=223096

Lastly, Japan is also the ONLY country doing it under the pathetic lies of “Scientific Research”.

They are also the ONLY country not doing it in their own territorial waters… infact they have Ignored repeated pleas from Australian & New Zealander’s to halt the whale slaughter within their Economic Exclusion Zones.

OUR WHALES ARE DYING….

Japan kills more than 1,000 whales a year in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary near Antarctica using a loophole in the international moratorium for a ban on whaling that allows catching whales for so called “research” purposes.

This year Japan is planning on expanding the catch to include 50 humpback whales, which are considered “endangered” in some regions of the world. The Japanese expedition also plans to kill 50 endangered fin whales – the world’s second largest animal after blue whales – as well as 935 smaller minke whales.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/whale-watch/outrage-as-whaling-fleet-heads-for-antarctic/2007/11/18/1195321608560.html

These waters are within the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone. The Australian Federal Court ruled on January 15 2008 that the Japanese whaling is illegal and should be stopped.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23056156-2,00.html

Don’t buy the argument that Japan’s motivation to continue whaling is about maintaining their culture or conducting scientific research as they claim….

Today, whale meat is hardly a popular food in Japan with roughly only 1% of the population eating it (Japan Today Newspaper). Running boats into the Southern ocean each year is costly and inefficient work for the Japanese for little financial gain.

As for the science argument, scientists globally have affirmed over and over again that any research could be, and in fact is, conducted without actually hacking these remarkable creatures to death in our oceans….

Basically every Pro-Whaling argument that has been put forward thus far has been refuted with facts, figures and scientific evidence.

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=7251222651&topic=5175

The IWC, the body charged with governing whaling internationally, is a mess & needs an urgent Overhaul.

The IWC allocates equal voting power to all members, with decisions made on a three-quarters majority vote.

This ‘democratic’ nature of the Commission however has allowed Japan to buy the votes of weaker developing countries with aid packages and other financial incentives.

Even land locked developing countries such as Mongolia are joining the IWC & voting alongside Japan in favour of whaling. Japan has almost bought out enough votes in this way to overturn the Moratorium on Whaling, which would allow it to again conduct commercial whaling that once culled 90% of all whales!

http://www.iwcoffice.org/commission/iwcmain.htm

Clearly we need to think outside the IWC to put a stop to this tragic and archaic practice.

http://www.internationalwhaleprotection.org/

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ARIW: FUCK OFF JAPAN… LEAVE THE WHALES ALONE!!!!

May 10, 2008 at 11:13 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )


This disgusts me, I cannot believe they still do this shit, it is wrong and I for one think we need to make more people aware of what’s going on so we can put a stop to it. Can you believe this shit? They say they are going to be increasing their quota by 50 whales a year. I’m so outraged i’m seeing red here, Whales are beautiful creatures and SHOULD be left alone to live in peace. Didn’t they ever see Star Trek 4???

Anyways here’s something I found about Whaling, please read it and please take some action, do whatever you can and/or feel capable of.

A.

This group is aimed at the ICR & Japanese Government. It is a forum for people of our world to share their concerns about Japanese whaling.

We hope it will help exert regional pressure on Japan to cease its illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Please don’t join to turn it into a racial battleground.

Japan is singled out as it is the only country to have breached the:

– United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,

– United Nations Charter on Nature,

– The Antarctic Treaty System,

– The Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species (CITES) and

– The International Convention on the Regulation of
Whaling

http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw/general/default.aspx?oid=223096

Lastly, Japan is also the ONLY country doing it under the pathetic lies of “Scientific Research”.

They are also the ONLY country not doing it in their own territorial waters… infact they have Ignored repeated pleas from Australian & New Zealander’s to halt the whale slaughter within their Economic Exclusion Zones.

OUR WHALES ARE DYING….

Japan kills more than 1,000 whales a year in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary near Antarctica using a loophole in the international moratorium for a ban on whaling that allows catching whales for so called “research” purposes.

This year Japan is planning on expanding the catch to include 50 humpback whales, which are considered “endangered” in some regions of the world. The Japanese expedition also plans to kill 50 endangered fin whales – the world’s second largest animal after blue whales – as well as 935 smaller minke whales.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/whale-watch/outrage-as-whaling-fleet-heads-for-antarctic/2007/11/18/1195321608560.html

These waters are within the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone. The Australian Federal Court ruled on January 15 2008 that the Japanese whaling is illegal and should be stopped.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23056156-2,00.html

Don’t buy the argument that Japan’s motivation to continue whaling is about maintaining their culture or conducting scientific research as they claim….

Today, whale meat is hardly a popular food in Japan with roughly only 1% of the population eating it (Japan Today Newspaper). Running boats into the Southern ocean each year is costly and inefficient work for the Japanese for little financial gain.

As for the science argument, scientists globally have affirmed over and over again that any research could be, and in fact is, conducted without actually hacking these remarkable creatures to death in our oceans….

Basically every Pro-Whaling argument that has been put forward thus far has been refuted with facts, figures and scientific evidence.

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=7251222651&topic=5175

The IWC, the body charged with governing whaling internationally, is a mess & needs an urgent Overhaul.

The IWC allocates equal voting power to all members, with decisions made on a three-quarters majority vote.

This ‘democratic’ nature of the Commission however has allowed Japan to buy the votes of weaker developing countries with aid packages and other financial incentives.

Even land locked developing countries such as Mongolia are joining the IWC & voting alongside Japan in favour of whaling. Japan has almost bought out enough votes in this way to overturn the Moratorium on Whaling, which would allow it to again conduct commercial whaling that once culled 90% of all whales!

http://www.iwcoffice.org/commission/iwcmain.htm

Clearly we need to think outside the IWC to put a stop to this tragic and archaic practice.

http://www.internationalwhaleprotection.org/

http://www.myspace.com/azumuthmusic

http://www.azumuth.com

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ARIW: Dying to entertain you

May 3, 2008 at 7:55 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )


Animal rights is something that I feel very strongly about, and in fact, if I have to choose between the various charities that are out there, I would choose one like WSPA, because I believe alot in what they are doing. As part of my blog, I will be bringing an Animal Rights Issue of the Week(ARIW),at least once a week or more, so that more people can be made aware. Animals have as many rights as people, and here is another article that highlights this point.

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A performing dolphin called Sharky has died during a live stunt show at Discovery Cove, in Orlando, Florida, owned by brewery and theme park operator Anheuser-Busch.

Sharky – a 30-year-old female bottlenose – collided mid-air with another dolphin while leaping out of the water during a show.

In what WSPA considers to be a sad reminder of the unacceptable cruelty inherent to keeping dolphins in captivity, Sharky suffered head injuries and died soon afterwards.

The other dolphin (a 13-year-old male called Tyler) is currently under veterinary supervision.

Sharky’s accidental death while performing tricks marked the end of a degraded life, deprived of even the most basic natural instincts and trained – using methods that often include food deprivation – to perform unnatural and dangerous tricks.

The majority of dolphins in captivity are captured violently from the wild. Scientists estimate that for every wild dolphin taken captive, another is injured or killed in the process. Claims that these facilities have conservation interests at heart do not change the fact that this is cruel and exploitative industry.

This particular SeaWorld facility currently holds 67 captive bred and 10 wild caught dolphins. At this time, WSPA has been unable to determine whether Sharky was captive bred or wild caught. We do know that most dolphins in US facilities are now bred in captivity and that it has been around 20 years since US facilities have participated in capture of dolphins from the wild.

It is no secret that the intelligence of dolphins is on par with that of the great apes. It is clear that no captive facility – not even the world-famous tourist destination that is SeaWorld – can adequately provide for dolphins’ complex social and behavioral needs, or recreate their vast ocean habitat.

Claire Bass, Marine Mammals Programmes Manager for WSPA said: “The World Society for the Protection of Animals urges people who care for the welfare of these remarkable animals to help keep dolphins wild – never visit them in captivity. Tourist cash is what keeps attractions like this in business.”

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Australia as world leader in live export cruelty

April 28, 2008 at 8:51 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

A new report, Beyond Cruelty. Beyond Reason. Long Distance Transport and Welfare of Farm Animals (2008), highlights Australia as a world leader in the cruel live export trade of animals for slaughter.

The report into the worldwide long distance transport of animals coincides with a campaign by the Handle with Care coalition, an international alliance of animal protection groups calling for governments to end the practice.

The Handle with Care coalition will release the report at its campaign launch today – Monday, February 11 – at 9.30am on The South Steyne, Darling Harbour (near the Australian National Maritime Museum).

International attention is now on the Rudd Government to act and bring an end to the trade – particularly the export of sheep to the Middle East – and work to expand the current trade in chilled and frozen meat from animals humanely transported and slaughtered in Australia.

 “The Rudd Government is intent on righting the wrongs on several key issues, and this is now its chance close a dark chapter in our country’s history,” said Handle with Care spokesperson Dr Hugh Wirth. “The live export trade puts to shame Australia’s outstanding record in many other areas of animal welfare, and tarnishes our otherwise good international reputation.”

As the world’s largest exporter of sheep for slaughter, Australia is a major player in a trade which inflicts suffering on millions of animals every year. In 2006 alone, more than four million Australian sheep endured gruelling journeys to the Middle East. Almost 37,000 of these animals died on the trip.

During the journey from Australia to the Middle East, heat stress and diseases such as scabby mouth, pink eye and salmonellosis are common. For sheep that survive the trip, a much crueller fate awaits them in the hands of countries that have no or unenforced animal welfare laws. Despite Australian industry claims that it is helping improve welfare standards in the Middle East, it is common for sheep to be horrendously handled and slaughtered in ways that would neither be legal nor tolerated within Australia.

 “The live export industry makes misleading claims about improved transport standards, and handling and slaughter education programs in the Middle East, when in fact their interest is in maximising profits,” Dr Wirth said. “There is no need for this cruel and unnecessary trade, as countries across the Middle East already accept Halal-certified meat from sheep more humanely transported and slaughtered in Australia.”

For more information and to take action, go to www.handlewithcare.tv/au

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