[enviro-vlc] ACT: We just exposed the scandal that could end whaling
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Fri May 16 21:54:52 EST 2008
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Subject: ACT: We just exposed the scandal that could end whaling
Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 08:57:51 +0700
From: Marco van Grinsven <marco at carswi.org.vn>
Some follow up on the whale research/hunting of Japan.
Let's support the majority of the Japanese people who also want to make
Please sign the petition.
Marco van Grinsven
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Begin forwarded message:
> *From: *Greenpeace <staff at email.greenpeace.org
> <mailto:staff at email.greenpeace.org>>
> *Date: *May 15, 2008 7:08:33 PM GMT+07:00
> *To: *"Marco" <marco at carswi.org.vn <mailto:marco at carswi.org.vn>>
> *Subject: **ACT: We just exposed the scandal that could end whaling*
> *Reply-To: *<bhhgghrguzzcgm at email.greenpeace.org
> <mailto:bhhgghrguzzcgm at email.greenpeace.org>>
> * ACTION ALERT: Whaling Scandal *
> Help us win in Japan
> *Breaking news: stolen whale meat scandal*
> 1. *Send Japan a message
> Dear Friends
> We just released the results of a four-month *undercover
> investigation*, and at this moment it's growing into the biggest
> scandal to ever hit the whaling industry in Japan. It's on the *front
> page of one of Japan's most influential newspapers today.* All six
> Japanese television stations attended our press conference this
> morning. We're demanding that the government revoke the permits of the
> whalers as a result of the scandal, and WE NEED YOUR HELP.
> Please send this message to the Japanese government
> <http://www.email.greenpeace.org/kvxilvbi_uppmmpbm.html> demanding a
> full investigation, an end to government subsidies to the whaling
> program, and immediate revocation of the whaling permits.
> We presented evidence today in Tokyo of decades-old, widespread
> *embezzlement of whale meat* occuring under the noses of the public
> officials who run the whaling programme.
> The best cuts of whale meat, used to make whale bacon, are smuggled
> into crew cabins, preserved in salt, and then shipped home in boxes
> marked "cardboard" or "salted stuff" to be sold on the black market.
> We intercepted one such box -- worth up to US$3,000 -- and presented
> it to the Tokyo Prosecutor's office as evidence this morning.
> We have evidence that more than a ton of such whale meat was snuck
> from the whaling ship this year. One of our informants claims to have
> heard a *crew member boast of building a house on the proceeds from
> his illegal take.*
> Now is the time to rock the boat
> <http://www.email.greenpeace.org/rlrzelge_uppmmpbm.html> in Japan. The
> whaling programme has been an embarrassment to Japan's Foreign Affairs
> department all year, as they dealt with pressure from allies to stop
> the hunt of humpback whales. They cancelled the humpback hunt --
> surely on the back of this scandal, they must cancel the rest.
> The Prime Minister himself got dragged in, claiming that:
> ?The research whaling which our country is doing is a *lawful activity
> carried out on the high seas under the International Convention for
> the Regulation of Whaling.? --Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, 23 January
> When a Prime Minister has egg on his face like that, somebody's in
> trouble. And the more trouble the unprofitable, sham-scientific,
> heavily subsidized whaling programme is in, the more likely it will
> simply be shut down as more trouble than it's worth.
> Send a message
> <http://www.email.greenpeace.org/gpljsptz_uppmmpbm.html> to the Prime
> Minister asking him to end whaling.
> Best regards,
> The whale meat scandal team
> P.S. *Our office and activists in Japan have never attained such media
> prominence* for the whale issue inside Japan --ever. Please help us to
> help them by putting the pressure on their government.
> P.P.S. *Please *send this message to a friend.* Send the action alert
> <http://www.email.greenpeace.org/xbzrkbcs_uppmmpbm.html> to five
> friends. Ask them to send it to *their friends*. If you have a blog,
> please blog this story
> <http://www.email.greenpeace.org/cbneubob_uppmmpbm.html>. This is the
> moment to put the pressure on hard.
Vern Weitzel (Mr.) BSc, BA, MA, M Env Man & Dev <vern at coombs.anu.edu.au>
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