In a few days, the International Whaling Commission will gather in Agadir, Morocco to vote on a proposal that would legalize commercial whale hunting for the first time since 1986.
The global public is against this proposal, but pro-whaling countries are pushing for it hard.
If you want to help fight legalized whaling, please make sure your voice is heard.
Avaaz (meaning “voice” in several European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages) has a team on the ground in Agadir setting up billboards, publishing front-page newspaper ads, and building a giant, constantly-updating petition counter to represent the numbers of people across the world opposed to legalizing whale slaughter. All of this to ensure that delegates, from the moment they step off the plane until they cast their votes, will see these explosive numbers.
There are over 900,000 signatures to date – Please help the number soar over 1 Million!
Sign the petition here: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/whales_last_push/?fp
According to Avaaz…
- Thanks to the worldwide outcry, many governments have already pledged to oppose the proposal. Each time the Avaaz whale petition added 100,000 signatures, it was sent again to the IWC and key governments — and some, like New Zealand, thanked all of us who had signed on.
- But pressure from the other side has been relentless — and now other governments, especially in Europe and Latin America, may abstain… or even support the proposal. The vote could go either way.
- Citizen pressure is our best hope.
- After the global ban was first implemented on commercial whaling, the number of whales killed each year plummeted from 38,000 per year to just a couple of thousand. It’s a testament to the power of humanity to move forward.
- Despite the ban, Japan, Norway, and Iceland have continued whaling — and are now pushing to make the IWC proposal as lenient as possible. Expecting permission to catch more whales than ever, Japan is reportedly planning to buy its largest whaling ship yet.