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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


Nov 15, 2017 Ruth Holt
Nov 15, 2017 Ashley Rozanski
Nov 15, 2017 Gail Gary
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 13, 2017 Brandi Mounts
Nov 12, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Nov 12, 2017 Heidi Ansell
Nov 12, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
Nov 11, 2017 SARAH MORRIS
Nov 11, 2017 geri perry
Nov 11, 2017 Terri Sammarco
Nov 11, 2017 Lois Freeman
Nov 11, 2017 Yael Saydon
Nov 11, 2017 Melissa Armstrong
Nov 10, 2017 diane rockafellow
Nov 8, 2017 Audra Guecia
Nov 8, 2017 Marcia Tomka
Nov 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) God created whales and God created us to care for them, not to kill them!
Nov 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 6, 2017 Jack Martin
Nov 6, 2017 Tessa Young
Nov 6, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Nov 6, 2017 Toby Cardoso
Nov 5, 2017 Jade Kiran Stewardship, in the Christian tradition, implies protection. [Hu]Man should exist in harmony with the Earth, not work against it as is noted in Colossians 1:16-17
Nov 5, 2017 Nina Carey
Nov 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 4, 2017 Kristin Cucolo
Nov 4, 2017 Norbert Anthony Mietus
Nov 3, 2017 Sherie Litteral Leave the Orcas alone.
Nov 3, 2017 DIANA MAXELL
Nov 3, 2017 Marilyn Knox
Nov 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 3, 2017 Ari Schwartz
Nov 3, 2017 Grace Diglio Please stop this unnecessary practice.
Nov 3, 2017 (Name not displayed) It is a crime to hunt these wonderful animals!
Nov 3, 2017 marian broderick
Nov 3, 2017 Carolyn Balls
Nov 3, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please see the literature and heed the advice of the experts in their fields to save these animals.
Nov 3, 2017 Candice Eye
Nov 3, 2017 Jo Anne Godwin Please STOP this inhumane practice to encourage the health of our oceans and our world!
Nov 3, 2017 Mara Kramer Please stop the killing for the health of our oceans and our planet. Stop the greedy destruction.
Nov 3, 2017 Peaches Weed
Nov 2, 2017 Norma G. Kiser
Nov 2, 2017 EDITH LOBROT
Nov 2, 2017 Susan Maranda We must protect and end the slaughter of Orcas and all marine life. This world would be a sad place if only humans lived on it ...

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