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Stop the whale slaughter

To Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte:

As a signatory to the International Convention to Regulate Whaling, we call on you to stop the global trade in whales and prohibit the transit of whaling ships and whale meat through the Netherlands. Your actions can set a precedent that will save the Fin whales and could stop whaling in Europe for good.

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In days, one Icelandic man will set out on his summer hobby to harpoon the brains out of dozens of gigantic fin whales, then chop them into pieces and ship their meat to Japan. But there is one way to stop him before the slaughter: block the trade before it leaves Europe.

Despite the whale meat trade being illegal in most of the world, the Dutch are quietly allowing tycoon Kristjan Loftsson to traffic these shameful carcasses via Rotterdam. If we expose the Dutch government's bloody trade and cause a public storm right now, they will see it is not worth the reputational risk and close the shameful trade through this port. If the whalers can’t sell the meat, we could stop the hunt before it starts.

We have just a few days until the whalers start the hunt  -- let's build an urgent global call to force Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to refuse safe harbour for the whalers' bloody cargo. Sign the petition now and send this to everyone! Avaaz will deliver it with a massive pod of fake slaughtered whales to the PM’s office -- for every 10,000 petition signatures we will add another whale to the pod so the government will not be able to turn a blind eye.

Posted: 27 May 2013

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