As I write this, I am in Portoroz, Slovenia, attending the International Whaling Commission (IWC) Meeting. This is the 15th meeting of the IWC that I've attended since founding Whaleman 20 years ago and we need your help now more than ever!
Both Norway and Iceland have upped their whaling quotas for next year and Japan is planning a return to whaling in the Southern Ocean as well so we are planning several actions in response but we can't do it without your financial support!
Currently, eBay is hosting our 20th anniversary charity auction and there are several items that are very near and dear to my heart that I would like you to consider bidding on to help support our cause!
The first items are 2 of my international award winning photos that I've reproduced on metal and I'm offering only 20 of these 30" x 40" signed and numbered artists proofs to commemorate our 20th anniversary.
The first is of a breaching humpback whale off of Maui which I call "Enchanted". The second is of three spotted dolphins, a baby and 2 adults, which I call "Family Portrait".
These prints are retailing for over $3,000 but I've put #1/20 of each print into the auction starting at just $975 so here's a chance to get #1 of each at a potential bargain price!
One of my personal favorite environmental heroes is Robert Redford who was one of the first celebrities to lend his face and name to environmental causes that he was deeply passionate about and I have one of his rare signed photographs in our charity auction at a starting bid of just $350 making this quite the bargain indeed!
Another of my favorites is music legend Neil Young! Neil actually donated the use of his 100' schooner "Ragan" to me to use for my humpback whale research in both Alaska and Maui and now here's your chance to get to see him perform live with Willie Nelson at their upcoming concert in Nebraska to help try to stop the Keystone Pipeline from being built. Bid to get 2 VIP tickets and backstage passes to see them perform together for the first time in 20 years and meet me backstage! I can't wait for this once-in- a lifetime event!
The last item I'm going to tell you about is my very favorite item in the entire auction. It is the personalized Whaleman T-shirt worn by our spokesperson and my personal hero, Hayden Panettiere, at the killing cove in Taiji Japan. Hayden has been helping me since she was just 15 and when she was 18, I took her to Taiji and she risked her life that day by paddling out into blood-filled waters to try to save pilot whales that were being slaughtered by Japanese fisherman.
Hayden wrote a dedication on the shirt and signed it and gave it to me and I framed it with photos taken of her that day making this the most unique collectible and truly only one-of-a-kind item that is available in our auction so please consider bidding on it to help us save dolphins whales and our oceans!
Please check out these and all the other amazing items at eBay.com/whaleman.
There are other ways you can help if bidding in auctions is not your thing. You can purchase our eco-friendly merchandiseor you can choose to make a donation!
Every penny counts! 100% of our donations and proceeds from the eBay auction goes directly to The Whaleman Foundation and our Save the Whales Again Campaign!
Thanks to you and your generous support, we are making a difference in our world!!
Jeff Pantukhoff President & Founder The Whaleman Foundation & Save the Whales Again! Campaign
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