Help Captive Orcas
Blackfish (Official Movie Site) – Available on DVD and Blu-ray™
Also can be viewed on Netflix
Spread the word and Help Captive Orcas by downloading and distributing the flyer to your schools, public events and other community activities. They need our help and support now! Help expose the truth about the ugly issue of captivity. Thank you!
Help the Vaquita Porpoise
Spreading the word about these beautiful little porpoises is the first step in saving them from extinction. There is still HOPE! Join our Facebook Fan Page and click on the “Like” button. Also, download and distribute this flyer to your schools, public events and other community activities. Time is running out. They need our help and support now! Help spread the word about the Panda of the Sea. Thank you!
Jose Hernàndez has been performing with his five brothers since he was three years old. In 1981, he created his own musical group, Mariachi Sol de Mexico. He founded The Mariachi Heritage Society and employs highly qualified mariachi instructors to deliver the highest quality musical education to over 700 children throughout the Los Angeles area. This program has a nationwide outreach, providing mariachi workshops in Arizona, Nevada and Texas. Some of the well-known artists he has recorded with are Jose Feliciano, Selena, Vikki Carr, and Linda Ronstadt, and he performed at the Clinton White House for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. One of his outstanding achievements is symphonic compositions for mariachi.
Click here to listen to José Hernández speak for the Vaquita in a public service announcement.
How Your Action Helps
Last year, we had a petition on our website to prevent a marina in the Turks & Caicos Islands that would have impacted the humpback whales during their migration.
Please see the response from the person who asked us to put a petition up on our website: This demonstrates how your actions do help the whales and other marine mammals. We have to keep plugging away – even on the lesser known problems – as we do achieve some victories.
Thank you for taking action.
Maris Sidenstecker I, Co-Founder – Save The Whales
Email from Cindi Robertson:
It’s been about a year since you (Save The Whales) helped me with a petition on behalf of the Humpback whales in Salt Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands. If you recall the island had been bought by a Slovakian developer who was attempting to build a MEGA YACHT marina through the migratory path of the Atlantic Humpbacks.
Several months had gone by while the UK sent down a forensic team to look into illegal money laundering and possible corruption in the TCI. They found plenty!
The UK have taken over the islands, and those people that were in political positions will be called into court where this will be continued. The developer of Salt Cay has left, and the marina has been STOPPED.
I was able to send the petition to the correct people in the UK where they will use it if necessary. I spoke via email with several attorneys for the UK regarding the petition and they have asked me to support it in court if that time comes. I said yes.
Therefore, this is a HAPPY ENDING and I wanted you to know that I couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart and I can only hope that we can continue to get happy endings to stories on behalf of the whales!
Letter Writing Campaign
Whaling – A View from Norway
by David Welsh, NOAH – for animal rights
A Seafaring People
If there’s one thing that defines Norwegian identity more than anything, it’s probably the sea. From the Viking longships of a thousand years ago that brought the first Europeans to the American continent, to the hardy polar explorers of the nineteenth century, and Thor Heyerdahl’s voyage across the Pacific on the Kon Tiki in the 1950s, seafaring is part of how Norwegians define themselves as a people and a nation. In Norway’s second largest city – Bergen, on the west coast – there’s a well-known monument to these seafaring traditions. In the heart of the city, by the harbor that has been in continuous use for a thousand years, this monument depicts Viking warriors, polar explorers, fisherman and whalers.
For decades, the Norwegian government has brushed aside international objections to the whaling industry. They reject out of hand arguments about conservation and animal welfare, and simply insist that whaling is a perfectly sustainable method of harvesting the natural resources of the oceans, and that all the whales die instantly and without suffering. Furthermore, they claim, whales are responsible for the declining fish stocks in Norwegian waters.
Tell a lie often enough, it is said, and it becomes the truth. Despite the fact that the Norwegian government’s statements on whaling are contradicted even by their own scientists, they have been repeated so often that many ordinary Norwegians simply accept them unquestioningly. Whaling has also become something of a symbol of sovereignty for some Norwegians. Norway lost its independence in 1397, and didn’t get it back until 1905. Whilst Norway is in many ways a self-confident, modern European democracy, it’s still somewhat sensitive to feeling that it’s being pushed around by other countries. In some ways, the international pressure on Norway to abandon whaling has turned whaling into a symbol of Norwegian independence and identity, and in some quarters produced a bloody-minded determination to defend whaling at all costs, whatever the scientific and economic arguments.
A Growing Opposition
But fortunately, not all Norwegians see things in this way. NOAH – for animal rights is Norway’s largest animal rights organization, and was one of the first voices in Norway to speak out against whaling. NOAH was founded in 1989, at a time when even animal welfare and environmental groups in Norway supported whaling. The campaign was not received positively – to be opposed to whaling was almost sacrilegious, unpatriotic even. But things, thankfully, have begun to change. Even ten years ago, anti-whaling activists distributing information on the street would be fortunate to meet even one or two people who agreed with their message. In the last few years though, a growing number of people have been responding positively to NOAH’s message. The opposition is beginning to gather pace, and other Norwegian animal welfare and environmental groups are starting to become more critical to whaling.
How You Can Help
NOAH is currently trying to raise funds to employ an Anti-Whaling Campaign Coordinator, someone who can engage actively with the media, the scientific community and politicians in Norway to further the anti-whaling cause. We are optimistic about the prospects of further turning public opinion against the whaling industry, and getting politicians to question the substantial amount of taxpayers’ money that goes into subsidizing it. As Norway isn’t the easiest place in the world to raise money to campaign against whaling, we are hoping that those who oppose whaling in countries around the world will be able to donate to help us step up our campaign. If you visit our website www.dyrsrettigheter.no you can donate by PayPal. Simply mark your donation “Whaling.” If you would like more information on NOAH’s anti-whaling campaign, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to encourage the Norwegian government to abandon its support for the whaling industry, you can contact the embassy at the following address:
Royal Norwegian Embassy
2720 34th Street NW
Washington, DC 20008