Sunday, 28 September 2008

Project551 - My Nanay

While watching National Geographic Channel saw this ad for Project551.

Had a look at their web site and found out that:

“The name is based on the fact that, last season the Government of Japan killed 551 whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.”

The project is an initiative of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to campaign and petition the Australian Government to actively support and do everything in its powers to stop the Government of Japan to kill more whales in the protective bounds of the sanctuary.

All you need to do to support this initiative is to pose with a whale tail and posting the photo to the Project551 website. As of today, there is still 67 days left before the organisers finalise the posters, ads and petition.

While I do not personally contravene the Japanese' right to their culture and traditions, they have to respect our rights as well to protect whales in our sanctuaries. They can hunt the whales in their territories as long as they want, but if the whales become "extinct" in their territorial waters they have to respect the views of other cultures: that whale hunting must be stopped and whales be protected.

By uploading a photo, either by yourself or a loved one, you will show support for these gentle giants of our seas. By the way, the photo is of my 89 year-old mom who is only too glad to pose for her camera crazy son.

More photos here.

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