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Orca whales are being hunted and killed off the coast of the small island nation of St. Vincent and The Grenadines under a governmental provision for an indigenous tradition, National Geographic reports, [1] that few still uphold and one that should be brought to an end.

Orca hunting was banned internationally by 1981, save for Japan, Greenland, Indonesia, and St. Vincent, where the "black fish" is still hunted and sold at restaurants and markets. While the country's whaling industry hangs on by a weakening thread [2], hunters, greedy for what profit remains in the whale trade, are bringing in more than they need, going so far as to kill whales in front of tourists using makeshift harpoon shotguns.

The global tide of public opinion has turned against Orca hunting, and it's a tide that has even moved those in the SVG parliament. St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, publicly denouncing the whale slaughter on Boom FM, first defended the fisherfolk in his country as honest hardworking people.

"But what he did was plain wrong," Gonsalves said of those who killed the most recent Orca off the coast of the tourist destination, Barrouallie. "What he did, I want to emphasize this, what he did was plain wrong. Not just because it happened in front of tourists, but [because] he must not kill the Orcas."

Six Orcas have been killed near St. Vincent since 2015, according to iWitness News [3]. Beyond Orcas, Pilot whales are also being killed off the SVG coast. Opportunistic fishermen claiming that Pilot and Orca whale meat, when combined, provides for a much tastier dish, may have temporarily popularized the fashion, but Gonsalves yet intends to combat the practice.

The prime minister is not alone in his mission to ban Orca hunting. Joined by the business owners of SVG who refuse to continue whale watching tours until the hunting is made illegal [4], and millions more who advocate for the protection of these beautiful creatures, the end of Orca killing is in view.

There is still work to be done in convincing the rest of the SVG parliament in banning the practice however, and your voice is needed to make a difference.

Sign to tell SVG Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves that you stand in solidarity with the efforts to ban Orca hunting in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Dear St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves,

The rest of the world has relegated whale hunting to the deplorable practice it truly is through legislated bans, and harsh punishments for those who harm these beautiful creatures. While your personal opinions may side with the same group, I encourage you to make haste in voicing those opinions, and bring the end of whale hunting in St. Vincent & The Grenadines immediately.

Orca hunting was banned internationally by 1981, save for Japan, Greenland, Indonesia, and your country, St. Vincent, where the "black fish" is still hunted and sold at restaurants and markets. While your country's whaling industry hangs on by a weakening thread, hunters, greedy for what profit remains in the whale trade, are bringing in more than they need, going so far as to kill whales in front of tourists using makeshift harpoon shotguns.

Tourists that will never forget the tearful trip back to shore, following the horrific image of an Orca being singled out from its pod, and murdered.

Prime Minister, the rest of the world has come to its senses when it comes to whale hunting, and the Caribbean should be no exception. While your country may hold roots in whaling, killing another Orca can no longer be considered a method of subsistence fishing. It must be considered a crime.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jul 20, 2018 Tracey Wilcox
Jul 19, 2018 Andrea Bertram
Jul 19, 2018 cynthia Benkert
Jul 19, 2018 Deborah Frame
Jul 19, 2018 Kate Evans
Jul 19, 2018 Beau Ryba
Jul 19, 2018 Cynthia Murphy
Jul 18, 2018 Cheryl Janiszewski
Jul 18, 2018 Patricia Lewis
Jul 15, 2018 Marlisa James
Jul 14, 2018 Kalliope M.
Jul 13, 2018 Donna Salisbury
Jul 12, 2018 irina antoshkina
Jul 11, 2018 Patricia Jio
Jul 8, 2018 Victor/Carol Ignaczak
Jul 6, 2018 Lynne Minore
Jul 5, 2018 Etelvina Serrano
Jul 4, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 30, 2018 Sue Ellen Lupien
Jun 29, 2018 Terri Szabacsan
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Jun 29, 2018 graciela rodriguez-sero
Jun 29, 2018 Vangelis Seitanidis
Jun 29, 2018 Maria Santiago
Jun 29, 2018 Holly Nottingham
Jun 29, 2018 Carita O'Connor I urge you to move into the 21st century and to abandon the practice of murdering beings who are more intelligent than humans.
Jun 29, 2018 ANGELIQUE MCCLEAN
Jun 26, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 25, 2018 Shai Albright
Jun 22, 2018 Fred Fall
Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 17, 2018 Patricia Dangle
Jun 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) These gentle giants for the planet's existence
Jun 13, 2018 Rhonda Watts
Jun 8, 2018 Ana Chen
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Jun 8, 2018 Eric Larrivee
Jun 8, 2018 Svetlana Babies
Jun 8, 2018 Amanda Diiorio
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May 29, 2018 Wendy Dalton
May 29, 2018 Sally Wynn
May 28, 2018 Leisa Baumann
May 25, 2018 Debra Raymond
May 24, 2018 Geraldo Majela Elias de Abreu Pereira
May 23, 2018 Wendy Springstead
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May 22, 2018 Peter Fell
May 22, 2018 Lori Grochowski
May 22, 2018 Shirley Sinclaire

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