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    I received this email from my ecowarrior friend Jenny who lives in New Zealand. I'm not normally a petition signer, but I know we probably have a lot of whale hugging tuna eaters here and it IS a good cause [climbs down off soapbox]. Japanese whaling is still big business in the Southern Ocean and it's legal - apparently the slaugher is "for scientific research".

    Greenpeace has just returned from the Southern Ocean, defending whales from a fleet of hunters. Our brave activists risked their lives to come between the whales and the harpoons. The Greenpeace ships can't stay in the Southern Ocean any longer. But we hope our struggle has inspired people to help us defend whales.

    Now it's your turn.

    Greenpeace wants you to help stop whaling by pressuring seafood companies that fund the whale hunters. Click the link below to sign our petition now. We are asking a major seafood company to end whaling.

    http://www.greenpeace.org.au/petitio...tml?source=EPD

    How some seafood companies fund whaling. Did you know whaling companies profit from fish sold in your local supermarket? Seafood company, Sealord, makes millions of dollars selling tinned, frozen and fresh fish in supermarkets. Sealord is half owned by Nissui, a major shareholder of the company that operates Japan's whaling fleet. Nissui funds whale hunting and sells the whale meat throughout Japan.

    We want Sealord to pressure Nissui to end whale hunting. Sign our petition to Sealord now. We need 30,000 signatures. Whales are still dying. The whaling ships are still out there, killing hundreds of minke whales. Next year, they will target endangered fin and humpback whales. Your help makes all the difference

    In Argentina, 21,000 concerned Greenpeace supporters emailed a popular
    seafood company, Santa Elena, and convinced them to cancel contracts
    with Nissui. Public support made all the difference.

    Sign our petition and show Sealord that whaling is bad for business.

    Our petition needs 30,000 signatures. Spread the word. Send this
    email to your family and friends so they can help our campaign too.

    With many voices, we can make a difference.

    Thanks for all your support.

    Shane Rattenbury
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    It isn't even as though they can claim that there is a market for it. They are desperately trying to create one and nobody wants it.

    Sidestepping global ban, nation increases hunt but customers are fewer
    Updated: 7:07 a.m. ET Feb. 10, 2006

    TOKYO - Japan has enticed children with whale burger school lunches, sung the praises of the red meat in colorful pamphlets, and declared whale hunting “a national heritage.”
    But Tokyo has a dilemma: by rapidly expanding its whale hunt, Japan now kills more of the giant mammals than its consumers care to eat.
    The result is an unprecedented glut of whale meat. Prices — once about $15 a pound — are plunging, inventories are bursting, and promoters are scrambling to get Japanese to eat more whale.
    It’s a tough sell.
    “To put it simply, whale meat tastes horrible,” said 30-year-old Kosuke Nakamura, one of the diners at a Hana No Mai restaurant in Tokyo who turned their noses up at whale meat.
    Young people are put off by the tough, pungent meat, Nakamura said, while older Japanese are reminded of the lean years after the country’s defeat in World War II.
    And while few Japanese voice environmental concerns over hunting whales, some younger people say it has brought the country unfavorable publicity.
    “Whaling’s so bad for Japan’s image. I don’t know why we still hunt,” Nakamura said.
    Some 1,035 tons of whale meat hit the market in Japan last year, a 65 percent increase from 1995, the Fisheries Agency says. And sluggish demand means inventories have almost doubled in five years to 2,704 tons in 2004.
    In the same period, the average price of whale fell almost 30 percent, to just over $10 a pound in 2004. That’s more than the average price for beef — about $9 a pound — and far higher than for chicken or pork.
    But the glut of whale meat hasn’t stopped the harpoon guns. Tokyo plans to kill — under a research program — some 1,070 minke whales in 2006, over 400 more than last year. Japan will also hunt 10 fin whales, and a total of 160 Bryde’s, sei and sperm whales, fisheries official Kenji Masuda said.
    The International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling in 1986, approving limited hunts for research purposes a year later. Opponents have called Japan’s hunts merely a way for it to dodge the whaling ban.
    Whale meat in Japan is also sold in cans and cooked in soy sauce.
    Tokyo says its program is needed to establish reliable information on whale populations and habits — data Japan says can only be gleaned by killing the animals.
    The government, which distributes the meat and uses profits to fund research, is working to promote whale meat and secure new distribution channels.
    “Is it OK to eat whale meat? Of course it is,” reads a pamphlet titled “Delicious Whales” that is distributed by the government-affiliated Japan Whaling Association.
    “Even if we capture 2,000 whales a year for 100 years, it’s OK because whale numbers are growing,” the pamphlet says.
    The association acknowledges whale is a hard sell. The meat was considered a rich source of protein in the lean years after World War II, but people moved on to other meats — notably beef — as they became more affluent.
    Whale meatballs at school
    Some local governments have begun offering whale meat in school lunches.
    Wakayama, a prefecture with a whale-hunting tradition 280 miles southwest of Tokyo, has been aggressive in getting youngsters to eat whale, introducing whale meals at 270 public schools in 2005.
    Nutritionists have even developed child-friendly whale dishes, including whale meatballs, hamburgers and whale spaghetti bolognese, said Tetsuji Sawada of Wakayama’s education board.
    Chimney Co., which runs the Hana No Mai eateries, acknowledges customers are wary of new whale dishes.
    Still, Hana No Mai will keep selling whale meat. And a trader at one of Tsukiji market’s biggest wholesalers, Daito Gyorui Co., was equally optimistic.
    “The fall in prices is a good thing because it will make whale meat more accessible,” Yoshiaki Kochi said. “Japanese will never forget the taste of whale. It’s part of our culture. It’s in our DNA.”
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    Thank you for bringing this to our attention, A*O! I signed it!

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    I don't see how they can treat whales like cows. For one you can reproduce more cows, with whales.....it's not like a hatcher like they do for other fish, birds, etc. Once the source is gone. It is extinct. Terrible.

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    Frank thanks for that! I now have a legitimate reason for avoiding Red Lobster and was able to use that information to switch a group we're supposed to eat with this weekend to another restaurant. I was grasping at straws as to reasons why Red Lobster is bad. Their seafood is mediocre at best and finding out that it comes at the price of much misery makes me even more determined not to eat there.

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    Red Lobster is the McDonald's of seafood. Fuckin narsty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok
    Red Lobster is the McDonald's of seafood. Fuckin narsty.

    You know that and I know that but middle America seems to think it's good stuff.

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    Middle America also voted for Bush, they aren't exactly the paragons of wit and forbearance.
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    I've never tried Red Lobster (cuz we don't have one here in BC). Is it that bad? Looks kinda good on their commercials...

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    I only buy MSC tuna and seafood.

    I've been a Greenpeace cyberactivist and member for years, those guys really need all the support they can get.
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    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...3_whaling.html

    Japanese Firms Quit Whaling

    Stefan Lovgren
    for National Geographic News

    April 3, 2006
    The five Japanese fishing companies that owned the nation's whaling fleet recently announced that they're getting out of the whaling business.
    Anti-whaling organizations called the announcement a "victory" for their movement.

    "This is an important milestone as we continue our work to end whaling once and for all," said John Hocevar, an oceans specialist with activist group Greenpeace, who is based in Austin, Texas.
    Nissui, Japan's second largest marine products company, and four other firms jointly owned whaling company Kyodo Senpaku. This business operated the six-ship whaling fleet on behalf of the Institute of Cetacean Research under the authority of the Japanese government.
    All five firms say they will "soon donate" their shareholdings in Kyodo Senpaku to public organizations, including the government-backed research institute.
    The Japanese government, meanwhile, vowed to press on with its controversial annual whale hunt.

    Environmentalists say Japan's whale-hunting activities are cruel and risk bringing already threatened whale species to extinction.
    The hunt has pitted Japan against political allies such as the United States, the European Union, and Australia.
    A global moratorium on whaling was agreed to by most international governments in 1986. Using a loophole in that ban, Japanese fishers have continued to kill whales under an allowance for scientific research.
    But the island nation's officials make no secret of the fact that most of the meat ends up in restaurants and grocery stores.
    Whaling proponents have campaigned aggressively to have the moratorium lifted, arguing that whale populations have recovered to sustainable levels during the ban.

    The Japanese government announced last year that it would increase its annual kill to about 850 whales, mainly from the South Pacific population of Minke whales

    Meanwhile, environmental activists have dogged the Japanese whaling fleet, and groups like Greenpeace have launched letter campaigns and threatened to blacklist seafood companies associated with the whaling activities.
    Now Nissui and the four other seafood firms say they will transfer their whaling-related holdings to public organizations, effectively removing private interest in whaling activities.
    Greenpeace's Hocevar sees the development as a death knell for the industry.
    "There is no future left for whaling, certainly no room for expansion, when even the large seafood companies are not interested in being associated with whaling anymore," he said.

    The Japanese government, however, says whale meat carries great cultural significance among the nation's people.
    Officials there said the whaling activities would continue and that the same number of animals would be killed each year.
    "The transfer of the shares in the whaling firm will not affect our policies at all," Hideki Moronuki, an official in charge of whaling for Japan's Fisheries Agency, told the AFP news agency.
    "Rather, we welcome the move," Moronuki said. "From now on, whaling will be regarded as something backed by all of Japan, not just a particular group in the private sector."
    It's unclear, however, what impact the seafood companies' decision to pull out of the whaling business will have on the practice's commercial future.
    Anti-whaling activists say the demand for whale meat in Japan has dwindled, especially among young people.
    What's more, Hocevar says, the organizations taking over the shares aren't as well equipped as the private firms to process whale catches on a large scale.
    Nissui has the capacity to produce 10 to 20 million cans of whale meat per year, according to Hocevar.
    "The real question is whether Japanese public organizations can justify—or even have the capacity—to can, market, and sell whale meat in that quantity," he said. "It seems unlikely."

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    Email I got from Greenpeace yesterday:

    Dear Barbara, 03 April 2006
    I have the best news of the year to share with you - are you ready for it? The Gorton's fisherman and his Japanese parent company have agreed to get out of whaling. That's right, thanks to you, we've proven that whaling is bad for business. And I want us all to take a minute to celebrate together.

    More than 25,000 of you wrote to Gorton's, sent postcards, attended whale watching parties, folded origami whales and made generous contributions, all to send Gorton's a clear message: Get out of the whale killing business. Well, in less than four short months, you've managed to get the largest corporate shareholder in commercial whaling to agree to get out of the whaling business altogether.

    And that's not all...the rest of the corporate shareholders in the Japanese whaling fleet have also decided to divest their shares of the business rather than face your wrath.

    This doesn't mean an end to so-called "scientific" whaling, but it does mean that public pressure is gaining momentum and forcing corporations to jump ship. I can't tell you what a tremendous milestone this is, and words can't express how grateful I am for everything you've done to make this happen.

    This is the most important victory I've seen since commercial whaling was officially banned in 1986. You have so much to be proud of. But the fight is far from over, and now we're gearing up for what could be the greatest threat yet. The next meeting of the International Whaling Commission will be taking place in June, and Japan is threatening to win the majority vote and overturn the commercial whaling moratorium. For years, the Japanese government has spent billions of Yen buying votes on the commission, and this year could be the critical year that they manage to turn the tide. Our own government will have a critical role to play, and we expect a lot more from them than we've seen lately if we're going to prevent this from happening. So stay tuned for the next round.
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