Wednesday, December 28, 2011

There’s more than two million pounds of dead whales — slaughtered by a fleet of whalers subsidized by the Japanese government — wasting away in Japan’

When I read the letter from Greenpeace below, I interpret this important fact: Namely, the Japanese consumers ar apparently joining the worldwide Whale boycott, this explains why so much whale meat is wasted each year.

God, if only the Japanese government would wise up.

My friend and former teaching colleague in Japan, Mr. Sunada, used to work on whaling ships over 40 years ago in Japan. He said that he stopped when he recognized the amount of waste and the lack of whales involved.–KAS

Dear Kevin,

What does Japan do when it has over 2,000,000 pounds of excess whale meat?

Spend $30 million dollars to kill more whales…

Join Greenpeace today to save whales and protect the planet.

There’s more than two million pounds of dead whales — slaughtered by a fleet of whalers subsidized by the Japanese government — wasting away in Japan’s freezers.

Yet Japan allocated another $30 million to support this government-sponsored hunt!

We can end this and save the whales by closing a loophole in international law that allows Japan to hunt whales under the guise of science. But we need your help.

Please help keep whales alive and safe in the seas where they belong by making an urgent gift today.

In the last week, so many whale defenders have joined the campaign that we’ve surpassed our $75,000 goal! So we’ve set a new goal to raise $125,000 by December 31 to step up the fight for whales and our planet in 2012. We can reach our goal with just 18 more people like you from Missouri. Kevin — with the fight to save whales heating up, now’s the time to join Greenpeace.

With your help, we’ll pressure President Obama and the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to close the loophole that Japan is hiding behind, convert the IWC into a conservation body, and end the international trade in whale products.

The Japanese media has reported that the whaling program is operating on a deficit because it depends on
profits from sales of the meat “byproduct” that comes out of its so-called scientific whaling — and the meat isn’t selling.

It’s outrageous that Japan’s government is spending an extra $30 million dollars this year (on top of its usual $10 million subsidy!) to keep killing these intelligent creatures — with no scientific benefit and no demand for the meat.

Stop the killing. Please donate now through our secure website.
With so many of you standing up for whales and for our planet, I know we can keep whales out of the freezer and keep them swimming freely in the ocean, where they belong.

Thank you,

Philip Radford
Greenpeace

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