The Compact with the Whale Nations is Broken

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On Monday, May 17, at 6:55 in the morning, the Makah whalers took their whale. A three year old female less than 30' long came swimming close to the canoe, was harpooned twice and then shot. Her death struggle, which turned the water around her red, lasted ten minutes.

Anti-whaling activists, who had had their boats seized by the Coast Guard on Saturday and Sunday and who had worked straight through to get more boats on the water, arrived too late to stop the killing. The Sirenian, the Sea Shepherd cutter, arrived too late from refueling to stop the killing. What we had feared would happen had in fact come to pass.

That day, as the whalers brought her body to shore to butcher, the number of telephone calls, e-mails, and faxes into the state of Washington overwhelmed those who were receiving them.

At the end of this page you will find names, telephone numbers, and e-mails of those who must be contacted in order to stop the further killing of gray whales, California's designated marine mammal, and to stop the return to worldwide commercial whaling under the guise of native rights.

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From the Santa Rosa (Sonoma County, Northern California) Press-Democrat:
May 19, 1999

Local Group Holds Vigil at Federal Building

Signaling their sorrow over the killing of a 3-year-old whale by Makah Indian Nation hunters in Washington state, about a dozen animal rights activists and anti-whaling protesters delivered a bouquet of flowers Tuesday afternoon to federal government offices in Santa Rosa.

"Our idea is to express our grief over this whale slaying by U.S. government policies in a misguided attempt to revive an ancient tradition," said Dian Hardy, who presented the flowers to security guards of the Joseph Rattigan federal building for delivery to local offices of the National Marine Fisheries Service.

The harpooning and shooting of a 34-ton whale by native hunters captured national media attention Monday when tribe members exercised their newly gained right to hunt whales. Tribal leaders have maintained that an exemption from International Whaling Commission hunting bans was necessary to restore pride in the coastal Washington tribe.

Hardy and several of the flower-bearing activists have been to tribe's whale hunting grounds in the last year as a part of their effort to support environmental opposition to the change in international and U.S. policies. The group called upon Sen. Barbara Boxer and U.S. Representatives Mike Thompson and Lynn Woolsey to support an end to the whale hunting and reconsideration of the IWC exemption.
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