This Thing Called Courage

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Save the Whales

This just came in from the International Fund for Animal Welfare. It's a great cause.

International Fund for Animal Welfare May 30, 2007

Keep these 50 humpbacks singing

Dear Joe,
Did you know that humpback whales have a song range covering eight octaves? From a bass so low humans can’t hear it to a magnificent soprano, the highly structured songs of the humpbacks include multiple themes that even rhyme.
Humpback songs can last up to 30 minutes, with the whales embellishing like jazz musicians as the males produce organized songs with distinct melodies.
How can Japan justify the suffering of such a magnificent creature at the hands of an explosive harpoon by calling it research? The simple answer is: they can’t.
Please help keep these humpbacks singing. Give what you can today to stop whaling.
Commercial whaling of humpbacks officially stopped in 1966, but it is estimated that as much as 95 percent of the population was eliminated before this time due to whaling. Tragically, the Government of Japan will begin cruelly hunting 50 humpbacks once again in the 2007/08 whaling season.
New research has shown that humpbacks contain specialized brain cells thought to process emotions, memories and insight — until now only seen in the brains of humans and other primates. Many experts believe that these cells signify the capacity for intelligence and also suffering.
Killing humpbacks under the guise of conducting scientific research, when the actual purpose of killing the whales is to sell their meat in the pursuit of profit, is deceitful and unlawful under international law.
Yes! I want to save these humpbacks!
The same coastal habits that make humpbacks an easy target for whalers also make them prone to entanglement in fishing gear, collisions with ships and noise pollution.
Your financial gift helps us to fight commercial whaling, continue the safe research of whales, protect endangered whale species and critical whale habitats around the world, and promote responsible whale watching as a sustainable alternative to whaling. Of every dollar spent around the world during the past three years, more than 83 cents went directly to animal welfare programs and institutional costs.
Additionally, the non-lethal research methods developed by scientists on board Song of the Whale, IFAW’s state-of-the-art research and education vessel, are used around the world to prove that you don’t need to kill whales to study them.
Dr. James Darling once said that no living animals have captured our imaginations and stabbed at our emotions like the great whales. Is this how we repay them?
Thanks for your generosity,Fred O’ ReganPresident and CEO
P.S. You can help us save even more humpbacks by becoming a Champion for Animals with a regular monthly gift.

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