Date Set to Decide Humpback Whales' Fate

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The International Whaling Commission has set a date to decide whether to grant a quota to Greenland to hunt 50 humpback whales. BlueVoice, an ocean conservation organization opposes this and has organized distribution of flyers protesting the hunt to whale watch boats along the eastern seaboard of the United States as well as California. BlueVoice also urges governors of the states along the route of the whales to declare humpbacks of special importance economically and culturally.

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has set Dec. 8 - 10 in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA for a meeting that will decide whether Greenland will receive a quota to kill 50 humpback whales.

BlueVoice, a St. Augustine, Florida based ocean conservation organization, has denounced the proposed hunts on the humpbacks. "These are highly endangered animals facing new challenges due to warming of the oceans. In addition, these intelligent and social animals are known and loved by tens of thousands of people along their migratory route from their breeding grounds in the Caribbean to the northwest Atlantic where they feed in the summer," says Hardy Jones, Executive Director of (

BlueVoice has organized distribution of flyers on whale watch boats explaining how to oppose the quota to hunt humpbacks. Whale watch captains have responded enthusiastically from New Jersey to Maine. "I project we will distribute about 25,000 flyers giving contacts to use to protest this brutal slaughter of highly intelligent and friendly whales," said Jones.

In addition, they are asking governors of states along the migratory route of the humpbacks to declare these animals to be of special economic and cultural value to their states, and to communicate that to the White House as well as to Greenland.

"Very few people are aware that this stock of humpbacks may come under the gun next summer if the IWC passes this quota."

For further information:
Hardy Jones
hardyjones (at) bluevoice (dot) org


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