Hello there, it’s Danielle with Quoddy Link Marine with a serious message today.
Quoddy Link Marine works cooperatively with Allied Whale, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, The New England Aquarium and Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station providing crucial whale sighting information. We are also part of the the Atlantic Large Whale Disentanglement Network, standing by and helping when we can with photographs and staying with the whale until the disentanglement team arrives from Campobello Island.
Yesterday I was contacted by IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, asking for my help to spread the word about their campaign to help stop the slaughtering of whales for commercial purposes. The email included this message,
“On May 28th the U.S. is hosting the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) Annual Meeting, which is in jeopardy of being led by a pro-whaling majority for the first time in 30 years.
Fifty humpback whales have already been added to this year’s hunt quota by Japan . This, in addition to habitat destruction and global warming makes it more imperative than ever to support the cause to stop whaling. To help spread awareness, IFAW will travel to the IWC meeting in the Cape Air IFAW Whale Plane, a Cessna 402 painted with inspiring images of humpback whales by famed airbrush artist Jürek, renowned for his Grateful Dead artwork. The plane will travel across the country from May 10th to 20th making stops in key cities to spread the word, and carrying 50 children’s drawings of humpback whales to present to decision makers at the IWC in Anchorage , Alaska.
Patrick Ramage, the Global Whale Program Manager will be posting updates on this important campaign, along with ways to help save the whales, on his blog: Update from the Whales Need Us plane“