From The Province Friday 2 October 1998 OPINION
Listen to the people: No whaling (The Province Michael Smyth)
It's time for Premier Glen Clark to tell his his negotiators that his government will not ratify any treaty that allows whale hunting.
Province readers understandably reacted with anger and outrage this week over the proposed whale hunt by Washington state natives.
Get ready to get even angrier, because B.C. natives are negotiating with your provincial and federal governments to stage a similar slaughter off our own coast.
Today, Monday the 5th of October, Greenpeace and WDCS released the preliminary results of their recent whale survey made in the waters to the north-west of Scotland: The Atlantic Frontier.
These results further illustrate the importance of this area for whales and dolphins. The survey encountered a variety of whale and dolphin species, including fin, sei and sperm whales and large numbers of white-sided dolphins.
The New Scientists Magazine (3 October 1988 No2154), in an article by Fred Pearce reports that Norwegians, who pride themselves in their green credentials, are the most environmentally destructive people on Earth, says a report published this week by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Geneva.
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Candidate will need previous experience in administration, developing systems, and enthusiasm for environmental issues and a willingness to be involved at all levels.
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Long hours, hard work, but satisfying experience.
Please send a covering letter and CV to Fran Clarke, Alexander House, James Street West, Bath, BANES, BA1 2BT. UK
What can you do?
Immediately write, if you are a US citizen, to your federal Senators and Representative asking them to take action to stop the Makah gray whale killing. Petitioning Congress is very important. Keep responding to their responses.
Potential Environmental Impacts
San Ignacio lagoon supports sea turtles, dolphins, the endangered pronghorn antelope, mountain lions, coyotes, peregrine falcons, golden eagles, black brant geese, osprey, and blue-wing teals. The small resident human community is sustained by fishing for scallop, clam, lobster and abalone as well as a growing seasonal whale watching industry. It is feared that the proposed development could destroy the fragile lagoon ecoystem and devastate all its dependents. The following threats to whales have been identified.
The whales and the hunt
In spite of the fact that the IWC has not definitively accepted the Makah whaling proposal, the US government has unilaterally acted to allow the Makah to kill up to 5 gray whales in the first year of their whaling programme, wounding up to a total of 10 in the process; the plan calls for the Makah to be allowed to kill up 20 whales, striking or wounding up to a total of 33, by the year 2002.
'Whale, I want you to come near me, so that I will get a hold of your heart and deceive it....'
Nootkan whaling prayer, as quoted in E.S. Curtis, 'The North American Indian', vol. 11, 1916.