Save whales, stop Japan-European Union trade agreement


Whales, European Union and Japan

From Whales.org:

Don’t let the EU sell out 4000 whales

The EU and Japan are looking to increase trade in goods and services with each other – in other words make loads and loads of money. They are close to signing a new trade agreement.

Great

So called ‘free trade’ deals like this one, and TTP and TTIP, are usually ‘great’ only for small numbers of corporate fat cats, not for most people or the environment.

Even if Japan would agree to stop whaling, then it would still be a rotten deal. It might, eg, force European countries to import radioactive Fukushima food; which the right-wing Japanese government is also trying to force down the throats of Taiwan, South Korea and elsewhere.

BUT…

A. Japan hunts and slaughters hundreds of whales each year. It wants to kill 4,000 in the Antarctic over the next 12 years!

B. The EU does not support whale hunting. Most of the people in the EU do not support whale hunting!

This is nonsense!

We can’t allow a nice new trade agreement between the ‘whale friendly’ EU and a country like Japan – a country that has just announced that it will ignore an international court ban and kill 333 whales each year for the next 12 years in Antarctica.

Let’s stop the slaughter for good. Ask the EU to use its power and say ‘no new trade agreement until the whaling stops’.

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5 thoughts on “Save whales, stop Japan-European Union trade agreement

  1. Dear friends,

    For 30 years, Japan has been slaughtering thousands of beautiful whales despite a total global ban, but we can finally make it stop.

    Right now, at a historic global summit on whaling, Australia is leading a coalition to help close the crazy loophole that has allowed Japan to keep whaling by claiming it’s for “scientific purposes”.

    The result could be decided by just one or two votes, but if we make this huge in a few key countries and deliver a million signatures to their delegations just before the vote — just hours away — we can stop this whale slaughter for good!

    Click to stop the Japanese whale slaughter

    The situation has become so crazy that Japan recently killed 200 pregnant whales, and a Japanese website was just found illegally selling whale meat overseas!

    The original ban on commercial whaling allowed Japan to kill a small number of whales each year for scientific purposes. But in reality it has become a massive loophole through which fleets of Japanese whaling ships sail every year.

    Even an international court ruled there is nothing scientific about Japan’s whaling and it is completely illegal. Now the International Whaling Commission has all the ammunition it needs to stop them, and Brazil is proposing a sanctuary to allow whales to recover and regenerate. Governments are meeting right now, let’s make this happen:

    Click to stop the Japanese whale slaughter

    Our community has a long and proud history of protecting our oceans and the stunning marine life that calls them home. We’ve shown up at critical moments and used people power to shake things up for good. Let’s do it again!

    With hope,

    Luca, Nic, Lisa, Danny, Carol, Ricken and the whole Avaaz team

    MORE INFORMATION

    Japan to face criticism at international summit for flouting whaling ruling (The Guardian)
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/oct/20/japan-to-face-criticism-at-international-summit-for-flouting-whaling-ban-iwc

    Australia wants ‘scientific whaling’ ended (SBS)
    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/10/21/australia-wants-scientific-whaling-ended

    The truth about ‘Scientific’ whaling (IFAW)
    http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/our-work/whales/truth-about-%E2%80%98scientific%E2%80%99-whaling

    Japan Kills 200 Pregnant Minke Whales (National Geographic)
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160325-Japan-whaling-minke-whales-Antarctica/

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