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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


Feb 20, 2018 renay lawrence
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 18, 2018 I. meszaros
Feb 17, 2018 Lucy Kelly
Feb 14, 2018 aya oda
Feb 13, 2018 Karen Carson
Feb 13, 2018 Teresa Campbell
Feb 12, 2018 b Winkler
Feb 11, 2018 James Deep
Feb 11, 2018 Kati Sonnenburg
Feb 5, 2018 Diane Tabbott
Feb 5, 2018 Jane Davidson
Feb 1, 2018 Rob Carter
Feb 1, 2018 Lesley Thomas
Feb 1, 2018 Sandra Dutcher
Jan 30, 2018 Dawn Carter
Jan 29, 2018 Deb Giles
Jan 28, 2018 Glenn Odagawa
Jan 26, 2018 Gloria Navan These orcas do not stand a chance. There is no reason to hunt them.
Jan 23, 2018 Anne-Marie Sancho
Jan 22, 2018 Gail Miller
Jan 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jan 16, 2018 cara frame
Jan 8, 2018 Nico Dabajo
Jan 8, 2018 Joy Smiley
Jan 8, 2018 Daisy Costa
Jan 7, 2018 Sharmila Perera
Jan 5, 2018 Deborah Bell
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Jan 4, 2018 Martha Jaegers
Jan 3, 2018 Caterina Raviglione
Jan 1, 2018 Diana Talbott
Dec 28, 2017 marge beck
Dec 27, 2017 RENATA FLIS
Dec 26, 2017 Robert Furem
Dec 21, 2017 Dominique SOUARE
Dec 21, 2017 Amy Heicher
Dec 21, 2017 Odette Alexandrian
Dec 19, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 17, 2017 mauro torelli
Dec 16, 2017 charmaine macdonald
Dec 16, 2017 Judith Vermaas
Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 14, 2017 Deborah Zatz STOP!!!!!
Dec 14, 2017 Bill Rubin
Dec 12, 2017 Sieglinda Preez
Dec 10, 2017 Sherry Nillissen
Dec 10, 2017 Cynthia Rutledge
Dec 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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