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Humpbacks Safe for Now
By Wendy Heller, January 2, 2008 @ 02:00 AM (EST)
Source: Greenpeace.org.uk

The fact that no humpback whales will be hunted down and killed in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is good news indeed, and a victory for Greenpeace supporters the world over who have joined with us in demanding action from their governments, participated in promoting non-lethal alternatives to whale research through our Great Whale Trail, and questioned the Japanese government directly about plans to expand the whale hunt through the building of a new whaling ship. (Oh, and all of you who told your friends to vote for Mister Splashy Pants in our whale-naming competition, you did your part too.)

But even better news would be that no fin whales or minke whales are to be slaughtered either. That not a single harpoon will breach the Whale Sanctuary at all is the news that the world is waiting for.

Whaling has not ended. Japan still plans to kill over a thousand fin and minke whales this year. Saving one species is not enough. We all need to do more NOW to stop the hunt forever.

Now is the time to press for an end to whaling forever

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