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Hayden Panettiere
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Hi Dolphin, Whale & Ocean Lovers,
Happy Holidays!!

Taiji Update

It was just over 5 years ago that our international spokesperson and star of ABC's hit series "Nashville", Hayden Panettiere, put her life on the line by paddling into the blood filled waters of Taiji's notorious dolphin killing cove and was accosted by the dolphin fisherman causing an international media frenzy which helped raise awareness to this cruel and needless slaughter.

Unfortunately, the dolphin killing by Japanese fisherman still continues in Taiji and we need your support now more than ever to help stop it so please consider helping our cause by donating today.

All proceeds go to our Save the Whales Again! campaign so please check out our updates below to see how we are putting your generosity towards saving dolphins, whales, and our oceans.


Iceland Update

Due to our collective efforts with the Obama Administration, for the second year in a row Iceland has not killed any endangered fin whales.

For the past 2 years, we have been working closely with the President's Chief Advisor on the Environment, Nancy Sutley, the head of NOAA, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, and the US Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Ryan Wulff, to use diplomatic and economic pressure against Iceland until it ceases whaling.

Iceland no longer hunts endangered fin whales but continues to slaughter minke whales and with President Obama's reelection, we will continue to work with his administration to end Iceland's whaling for good. For more information on our White House visit, please click here for the Official White House Blog.

We presently are planning events to put the spotlight on Iceland and we need your help and support now more than ever to ensure our success.  


Norway Update

Norway continues to defy the commercial moratorium on whaling and this year killing over 600 minke whales and has set its 2014 quota to over 1,200 minke whales. Minke whales are the smallest of the great whales and are very beautiful and intelligent creatures who are also very curious and interactive with human divers. Norway, like Iceland, believes that no one cares about their illegal whaling activities but we have news for them: We do! We are currently planning events to shine the spotlight on Norway as well so we need your help and support now more than ever. 

Japan Update

Not only is Japan continuing to kill dolphins in Taiji, they continue to illegally kill whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.  We are working closely with the Obama Administration to use diplomatic and economic sanctions against Japan until they end their dolphin and whale hunts.

We will be returning to Japan this spring so we need your support now more than ever.

All of us here are committed to doing everything we can to help Save the Whales Again! and we thank you all for your continuing support and Happy Holidays!

Sincerely,


Hayden Panettiere
International Spokesperson
The Whaleman Foundation &
Save the Whales Again! Campaign

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Panama Canal Human Whale
Panama Canal Human Whale

South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary proposal fails vote at IWC Meeting

The Save the Whales Again! Campaign held a huge event in Panama on the eve of the International Whaling Commission Meeting. Hundreds of Panamanians and members of the International Community gathered along the Panama Canal and formed a giant human whale with the message “Santuario” (sanctuary) to call for the creation of the Southern Atlantic Whale Sanctuary.

The sanctuary, proposed jointly by Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and Uruguay, aimed to promote biodiversity and non-lethal use of whales in the South Atlantic, promote long term conservation, stimulate coordinated research in the region and develop the sustainable non-lethal use of whales through whale watching and Eco-tourism.

Although there was widespread support for the Sanctuary garnering 65% of the vote, the proposal fell short of the 75% needed to pass. 

Japan's whale hunt ends more than 70% below quota while 900 tonnes of whale meat fails to sell.   

At the IWC meeting Japan reported that it hunted and killed 266 minke whales and 1 fin whale in the Southern Ocean, missing their self-allocated quota by over two thirds. The Japanese Fisheries Agency also reported that 900 tonnes of whale meat did not sell despite 13 rounds of public auctions leaving 75% of the whale meat caught during last summer’s "scientific" whaling in the North West Pacific sitting in its freezers. Recent surveys continue to show the dwindling appetite for whale meat in Japan with over 95% of Japanese saying they never or rarely eat whale.  

Icelandic announces new 2012 whaling quota 

Iceland announced a quota to hunt 216 minke whales and zero fin whales, due to pressure from President Obama and his Administration.  President Obama has certified Iceland under the Pelly Amendment for hunting endangered species and has threatened to take economic sanctions against Iceland if they return to killing fin whales. The Obama Administration continues to press Iceland to halt all of its whaling practices.

We are committed to doing all we can to end these barbaric hunts but we can not do it with out your support so we ask you to please donate what you can to help us! Thank you.

Hundreds of people gather along side Panama Canal
Hundreds of people gather along side Panama Canal
Hundreds show support for the Whales!
Hundreds show support for the Whales!
Panama Canal Human Whale Event
Panama Canal Human Whale Event

Japan's whale hunt ends more than 70% below their self-allocated quota   

The Japanese Fisheries Agency has announced that Japan hunted and killed 266 minke whales and 1 fin whale in the Southern Ocean, missing their self-allocated quota by over two thirds. The self-allocated quota is for 935 minke whales and 60 fin whales. News of the withdrawal of the Japanese Fleets came 4 days after a conflict between anti-whaling activists and Japanese whaling vessels.

Norway announces new 2012 whaling quota of 1286 minke whales
                            
The Norwegian minister for Fisheries and Coastal Affairs announced in February that the country plans to hunt 1,286 minke whales in 2012, despite lack of public demand for whale meat and falling profits. In addition, the Norwegian government has lifted the zone restrictions by merging two previously separated areas to make it easier for the whalers to fulfill their quotas. 

Icelandic announces new 2012 whaling quota of 216 minke whales

The Icelandic whaling season will begin this month with a quota of 216 minke whales and as of now, no fin whales are planned to be hunted this season. This is due to the US and President Obama certiying Iceland under the Pelly Amendment for hunting endangered species. Currently minke whales are not listed as endangered but fin whales are.

We are committed to doing all we can to end these barbaric hunts but we can not do it with out your support so we ask you to please donate what you can to help us! Thank you.

 


Hayden & Founder Jeff Pantukhoff at White House
Hayden & Founder Jeff Pantukhoff at White House

For the past 7 years, I’ve been the spokesperson for The Whaleman Foundation and our Save the Whales Again! Campaign, whose mission is to forever preserve and protect dolphins, whales, and our oceans.

And while being led on this journey by Whaleman’s founder, Jeff Pantukhoff, who is here with me today, I’ve witnessed first hand some amazing things like being eye to eye with wild dolphins and pilot whales and also some horrific things including the slaughter of these majestic animals in Taiji Japan.

About 3 years ago, Jeff and I had the great privilege of meeting President Obama for the first time at American University right here in DC while he was on the campaign trail. Let’s just say he made quite the first impression on me and he showed great interest and concern for the issues I was so passionate about.  He told me that some of his fondest childhood memories growing up in Hawaii were when he was swimming in the ocean and seeing its wondrous creatures up-close and personal including dolphins and whales. The President told me that he and dolphins and whales were like this (I’m motioning with 2 fingers to my eyes and then away), and that he was aware of the problems and if he were elected, he promised me he would do something about it.

In a meeting in the West Wing of the White House with the President’s chief environmental policy advisor, Nancy Sutley, and several other officials from the Administration, I personally thanked and applauded President Obama for taking action today against Iceland’s illegal slaughter of fin and minke whales which is in direct violation of the commercial whaling moratorium.

Millions of U.S. citizens, including myself, have written or emailed the President and his Administration supporting these actions under the Pelly Amendment.  I am grateful that the President and our government have listened and will be raising this issue with Iceland at the highest levels. They will continue to monitor the companies involved, and examine all other options available to us.

These include the diplomatic sanctions just announced here today which authorize the State Department to examine Arctic cooperation projects, and where appropriate, link US cooperation to the Icelandic government changing its whaling policy and abiding by the IWC moratorium on commercial whaling. It also calls for Iceland to cease its commercial whaling activities.

It has been the policy of the United States to support the conservation of the world’s whale populations through science based policies and leadership within the International Whaling Commission. Just recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who leads the US delegation to the International Whaling Commission, signed a “sister sanctuary” agreement with France to support the protection of endangered humpback whales and they are currently working with Bermuda to declare a sister humpback whale sanctuary there as well.

Also, at the 2010 meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Agadir, The US delegation, at the request of our organization, The Whaleman Foundation, introduced a 5 year study by Dr. Roger Payne and Dr. John Wise that showed how toxins and pollutants are being dispersed through out the world’s oceans and up the food chain. It outlined how these pollutants are not only a serious health threat to marine life, including apex predators like dolphins and whales, but also pose serious health threats to humans as well.

By protecting marine life and our oceans, ultimately we are protecting ourselves. President Obama recognizes this and has repeatedly supported innovative and conservation-minded efforts, not only at the International Whaling Commission, but with the unprecedented forward thinking demonstrated in his National Ocean Policy.

I’d also like to personally thank all of you who signed petitions and wrote the President asking him to take action against Iceland. I also want you to know that we have asked that the President and his administration take similar action against Japan and Norway as well and we will continue to pressure our government until they take action to stop all commercial whaling. Remember, it’s our future and the time for us to make a stand is now! Its time to Save the Whales Again!!

Hayden Panettiere                                                                                                                                            International Spokesperson                                                                                                                                         The Whaleman Foundation & Save the Whales Again! Campaign

Hayden, Jeff, & CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley
Hayden, Jeff, & CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley
Hayden, Jeff, & Dr. Jane Lubchenco of NOAA
Hayden, Jeff, & Dr. Jane Lubchenco of NOAA
Icelandic whalers butchering a fin whale
Icelandic whalers butchering a fin whale

Save the Whales Again! Campaign Spokesperson Hayden Panettiere applauds President Obama for condemning  Iceland’s Whaling

Hollywood, CA (July 21, 2011) The United States Government has certified Iceland for its commercial whale hunts stating that Iceland’s disregard for the global moratorium on commercial whaling is unacceptable. Iceland’s annual quota of 150 fin whales is over 3 times higher than the International Whaling Commission’s scientific committee recommendations and in the last two years Iceland has killed 273 endangered fin whales while illegally exporting the fin whale meat to Japan.

The Obama Administration is citing Iceland under a domestic law called the Pelly Amendment that allows the president to act against foreign countries who defy international conservation laws and treaties.

“We commend President Obama and his administration for taking this strong action against Iceland and its barbaric whaling industry…” said Hayden Panettiere, international spokesperson for the Save the Whales Again! Campaign and The Whaleman Foundation, “and we urge the President to take similar action against Japan and Norway as well!”

Iceland, Norway, and Japan are the only three nations in the world that continue to whale commercially in 21st century.  Norway has continued to whale commercially since 1986 since the moratorium went into affect. Japan resumed commercial whaling in 1987 under the guise of “scientific research” while Iceland resumed commercial whaling in 2006.

“When Hayden and I met with President Obama on the campaign trail back in January 2008, he said if he were elected president, he would take action against the whaling nations.” said Jeff Pantukhoff, founder of The Whaleman Foundation and “Save the Whales Again!” Campaign. “We thank the President for keeping his word and taking this first bold step and we look forward to more bold moves from his administration to end commercial whaling once and for all!”

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