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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


Aug 14, 2018 Akiko Sasauchi
Aug 13, 2018 Franca Faustini
Aug 13, 2018 Donna Holinej
Aug 12, 2018 Linda Tabb
Aug 12, 2018 janese hexon
Aug 10, 2018 Patty Langford
Aug 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 7, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 5, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Aug 5, 2018 Deanna Phillips
Aug 4, 2018 Kathleen Dentler
Aug 4, 2018 Hollie Malamud
Aug 2, 2018 Linda Fair
Aug 2, 2018 Charlotte Parnell
Aug 2, 2018 Anne Havard
Aug 2, 2018 marita hanse
Aug 2, 2018 Don Perkins
Aug 2, 2018 Evangeline Miranda
Aug 2, 2018 Gail Canzius
Aug 2, 2018 Julie Miller I deplore this practice. Having recently watched orcas in Alaska and been incredibly moved, it makes me physically sick that hunting them is still allowed. Even more so when it's a farce to pretend that it's "subsistence" fishing. Please STOP.
Aug 2, 2018 Cathy King-Chuparkoff
Aug 2, 2018 Susan Frederick
Aug 2, 2018 Pam Roop
Aug 2, 2018 June Matsuo
Aug 2, 2018 Barb Kuntz
Aug 2, 2018 Lin Westler
Aug 2, 2018 Nicole Maleonskie
Aug 2, 2018 Pia Heyn
Aug 2, 2018 Jeanette Larson
Aug 2, 2018 Jamie Polczynski
Aug 1, 2018 Katt Sims
Jul 30, 2018 Mary Schannach
Jul 30, 2018 Misti Kane
Jul 29, 2018 Wendy Green
Jul 29, 2018 Jan Flickinger Shame on anyone shooting from a boat to kill a whale!!!
Jul 28, 2018 Marleen Neus
Jul 22, 2018 Sae Magata
Jul 22, 2018 Raphaël PONCE
Jul 21, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Jul 21, 2018 Susan Verser
Jul 21, 2018 Laura Scherry
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

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