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Stop Whale Killers: Japan, Norway, Iceland
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4 SAMPLE LETTERS IN THIS ALERT:
    1. To JAPANESE Whale Killers
    2. To NORWEGIAN Whale Killers
    3. To ICELANDIC Whale Killers
    4. To U.S. CONGRESS: Protect Whales


SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
   Ask the New Japanese Prime Minister to Stop the Whale Hunt
    https://community.hsus.org/campaign/hsi_whaling_JapanesePM?rk=K1SS0YsqI7ujE
   Endangered humpback whales - new target for whalers
    http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw/general/default.aspx?oid=186261&aid=9539&tr=y&auid=3174948
   Japanese whalers hunt humpbacks
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7099720.stm
   International Whaling Commission
    http://www.iwcoffice.org/commission/iwcmain.htm#conservation
   PETITION: Whales Revenge / Target: International Whaling Commission
     http://www.whalesrevenge.com
   PETITION: HELP REVOKE MAKAH  WHALING RIGHTS!
    
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/help-revoke-makah-whaling-rights

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1. SAMPLE LETTER: Japanese Whaling
Try to change some words, pare down letters, and make them your own.
**DELETE ALL REFERENCES TO KINSHIP CIRCLE BEFORE SENDING**
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COMPLETE CONTACT INFORMATION:
EMAIL BLOCK + SAMPLE LETTER FOLLOW   
   Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda
   Cabinet Secretariat, Cabinet Public Relations Office
   1-6-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku * Tokyo 100 - 8968, Japan
   email: kanteihp-info@cas.go.jp
   web email: http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment.html

    Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Of Japan
   Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Masahiko Koumura
    Kasumigaseki 2-2-1, Chiyoda-ku * Tokyo 100-8919, Japan
    ph: +81- (0) 3-3580-3311 * email: webmaster@mofa.go.jp 
    website: http://www.mofa.go.jp/

    Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Norinsuisansho)
    Minister Masatoshi Wakabayashi
    1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku * Tokyo 100-8950, Japan
    ph: +81-3-3502-8111
    email: voice_kanri@nm.maff.go.jp  *  kouhou_rinseika@nm.maff.go.jp
    website: http://www.maff.go.jp/eindex.html

    Ministry of the Environment (Kankyosho)
    No. 5 Godochosha, 1-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku * Tokyo 100-8975, Japan
    ph: +81-3-3581-3351 * email: MOE@env.go.jp
    website: http://www.env.go.jp/en/

    Japan National Tourist Organization
   JNTO Headquarters 10th Floor, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan Building
    2-10-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku * Tokyo 100-0006, Japan
    AMERICAN offices: visitjapan@jntonyc.org , info@jnto-lax.org
    CANADA: info@jntoyyz.com  * UK (London): info@jnto.co.uk
    GERMANY (Frankfurt): fra@jnto.de  * AUSTRALIA (Sydney): jnto@tokyonet.com.au
    website: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/contact/regional_offices.html

    MORE JAPAN GOV. LINKS: http://www.mofa.go.jp/link/index.html

    Embassy Of Japan In The United States Of America
    Ambassador Ryozo Kato
    2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. * Washington, DC 20008
    ph: 202-238-6700; fax: 202-328-2187
    website: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/english/html/embassy/embassy_index.htm
    NO EMAIL ADDRESS FOUND

    JAPANESE EMBASSIES IN OTHER COUNTRIES:
    http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html
    
http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/Japan/Japan.html

ALL EMAILS FOUND FOR SAMPLE LETTER #1 / JAPAN:
Kinship Circle does not guarantee all email addresses will work. Some may be
outdated or disabled due to this campaign. Try again later.
    
kanteihp-info@cas.go.jp, webmaster@mofa.go.jp,
    kouhou_rinseika@nm.maff.go.jp, voice_kanri@nm.maff.go.jp, MOE@env.go.jp,
    visitjapan@jntonyc.org, info@jnto-lax.org, info@jntoyyz.com,
    info@jnto.co.uk, fra@jnto.de, jnto@tokyonet.com.au

SAMPLE LETTER #1 / JAPAN:

Honorable Officials Of Japan:

I respectfully ask Prime Minister Fukuda to work with ministries and agencies toward stopping Japan's whale hunt.

As a member of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Japan should uphold its pledge to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary around Antarctica. Yet Japan's whaling fleet headed to the Southern Ocean Sanctuary on November 18, 2007 to slaughter over 1,000 whales -- with 50 endangered humpback whales among those targeted.

Japan has killed whales in defiance of international treaty obligations for two decades. Now Japan hunts a species whose numbers have dropped by an estimated 90%. Humpbacks are so threatened, their slaughter is forbidden.

Japan is known for its modern social and industrial perspectives -- except in the area of whaling. I urge you to act in accordance with 21st Century conservation policy. Whales are already vulnerable to chemical pollution, seismic and naval sonar, entrapment in nets, ship strikes, habitat loss and other hazards. Whales are slow breeders with a high infant death rate. Scientific and commercial hunts impede population recovery. To expand Japan's "kill list" with endangered humpbacks is scandalous.

Japan has long exploited IWC's exemption for "scientific whaling." There is no rationale for butchering whales to analyze migration, age, ecology or behavior. Top IWC scientists have repeatedly condemned manipulation of this loophole. Science-based slaughter is a veil for commerce in whale meat. Whale cuisine shows up in Japanís school lunch programs and even dog food.

I encourage Prime Minister Fukuda to lead Japan in the right direction. Abide by IWC rulings and end the whale hunt now.

Thank you,
 

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2. SAMPLE LETTER: Norwegian Whaling
Try to change some words, pare down letters, and make them your own.
**DELETE ALL REFERENCES TO KINSHIP CIRCLE BEFORE SENDING**
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COMPLETE CONTACT INFORMATION:
EMAIL BLOCK + SAMPLE LETTER FOLLOW
   Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs
   Helga Pedersen, Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs
   Grubbegt. 1, P.O. Box 8118, Dep * NO-0032 Oslo, Norway
   ph: +47 22 24 64 00; fax: +47 22 24 95 85
   email: postmottak@fkd.dep.no , jorn.krog@fkd.dep.no ,
   magnor.nerheim@fkd.dep.no , kirsten.selvig@fkd.dep.no ,
   arne.benjaminsen@fkd.dep.no , johan.williams@fkd.dep.no
   website: http://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/fkd.html?id=257

    Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries
   Postboks 2009 Nordnes * 5817 Bergen, Norway
    ph: +47 800 30 179 * email: postmottak@fiskeridir.no, info@fiskeridir.no
    web email: http://www.fiskeridir.no/fiskeridir/english/contact_us

    Norwegian Institute of Marine Research
   P.O. Box 1870, Nordnes * 5817 Bergen, Norway
    ph: +47 55 23 85 00; fax: +47 55 23 85 31 * email: post@imr.no
    website: http://www.imr.no/english/contact

    NIFES, National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research
   P.O. Box 2029 Nordnes * 5817 Bergen - Norway
    ph: +47 55 90 51 00; fax: +47 55 90 52 99 * email: postmottak@nifes.no
    website: http://www.nifes.no/index.php?page_id=126&lang_id=2

    Norwegian Seafood Export Council
   P.O. Box 6176, Strandveien 106 * 9291 Tromso, Norway
    ph: +47 77603333; fax: +47 77680012
    email: postmottak@seafood.no , mail@seafood.no , norge.jp@seafood.no ,
    hans-petter.nas@seafood.no , hpnaes@softbank.ne.jp
    website: http://www.godfisk.no/

    Norwegian Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Fiskeriforskning)
    Muninbakken 9-13 * Postboks 6122; N-9291 Tromso, Norway
    ph: +47 77 62 90 00; fax +47 77 62 91 00
    email: post@fiskeriforskning.no office@fiskeriforskning.no
    website: http://www.fiskeriforskning.no/

    National Veterinary Institute
   Communications Director Steinar Q. Andersen: steinar.andersen@vetinst.no
    ph: +47 23 21 60 90, +47 906 71 341; fax: +47 23 21 60 01
    Director Roar Gudding: roar.gudding@vetinst.no
    ph: +47 23 21 63 00, +47 915 58 121; fax: +47 23 21 60 01
    web email: http://www.vetinst.no/eng/kontakt

    Norwegian Tourist Board
   P.O. Box 2893, Solli * N-0230 Oslo, Norway
    ph: +47 22 92 52 00; fax: +47 22 56 05 05
    email: norway@ntr.nogreatbritain@ntr.no , usa@ntr.no 
    website: http://www.visitnorway.com/

    Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
   His Excellency, Ambassador Wegger Chr. Strommen
    2720 34th Street NW * Washington, DC  20008
    ph: 202-333-6000; fax number: 202-337-0870
    email: emb.washington@mfa.no
    website: http://www.norway.org/Embassy/embassy.htm

    NORWEGIAN EMBASSIES IN OTHER COUNTRIES:
    
http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/norway1.htm

ALL EMAILS FOUND FOR SAMPLE LETTER #2 / NORWAY:
Kinship Circle does not guarantee all email addresses will work. Some may be
outdated or disabled due to this campaign. Try again later.
    postmottak@fkd.dep.no, jorn.krog@fkd.dep.no, magnor.nerheim@fkd.dep.no,
    kirsten.selvig@fkd.dep.no, arne.benjaminsen@fkd.dep.no,
    johan.williams@fkd.dep.no, postmottak@fiskeridir.no, info@fiskeridir.no,
    post@imr.no, postmottak@nifes.no, postmottak@seafood.no, mail@seafood.no,
    norge.jp@seafood.no, hans-petter.nas@seafood.no, hpnaes@softbank.ne.jp,
    post@fiskeriforskning.no, office@fiskeriforskning.no,
    steinar.andersen@vetinst.no, roar.gudding@vetinst.no, norway@ntr.no,
    greatbritain@ntr.no, usa@ntr.no, emb.washington@mfa.no

SAMPLE LETTER #2 / NORWAY:

Honorable Officials Of Norway:

I respectfully ask you to stop Norway's whale hunt.

Norway, a member of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), should uphold the moratorium on commercial whaling. But like Japan, Norway is criticized for its defiance of international treaty obligations.

I urge you to act in accordance with 21st Century conservation policy. Whales are already vulnerable to chemical pollution, seismic and naval sonar, entrapment in nets, ship strikes, habitat loss and other hazards. Whales are slow breeders with a high infant death rate. Scientific and commercial hunts impede population recovery. To perpetuate this violence against nature is scandalous.

Please do not exploit IWC's exemption for "scientific whaling." There is no rationale for butchering whales to analyze migration, age, ecology or behavior. Eminent scientists and legal authorities rebuke "scientific whaling" as pointless and illegitimate. Science-based slaughter is a veil for commerce in whale meat.

Moreover, whale hunts are profoundly inhumane. Harpoons explode inside their bodies, shredding internal organs. It can take up to a half or full hour for a whale to die. Some, tied to the side of whaling vessels, suffocate as they thrash about in vain attempts to escape.

Personally, I cannot tour or otherwise support any society that condones senseless brutality against animals. Please abide by IWC rulings and end Norway's whale hunt now.

Thank you,
 

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3. SAMPLE LETTER: Icelandic Whaling
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**DELETE ALL REFERENCES TO KINSHIP CIRCLE BEFORE SENDING**
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COMPLETE CONTACT INFORMATION:
EMAIL BLOCK + SAMPLE LETTER FOLLOW
   Ministry of Fisheries in Iceland
   Einar Kristinn Gufinnsson, Minister of Fisheries
   Jon B. Jonasson, Permanent Secretary of Fisheries
   Skulagata 4, 150 Reykjavik, Iceland
   ph: 00 354 545 8300; fax: 00 354 562 1853
   email: jon.b.jonasson@sjr.stjr.is , postur@sjr.stjr.is 
   web email: http://eng.sjavarutvegsraduneyti.is/Enquiry/  

    Office of the Prime Minister
   Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde
    Stjornarradshusinu vid Laekjartorg * 150 Reykjavik, Iceland
    ph: (+354) 545 8400; fax: (+354) 562 4014
    email: postur@for.stjr.is
    website: http://eng.forsaetisraduneyti.is

    Ministry for Foreign Affairs
   Minister for Foreign Affairs & External Trade, Ingibjoerg Solrun Gisladottir
    Raudararstigur 25 * IS-150 Reykjavik, Iceland
    ph: +354 545-9900; fax: +354-562-2373, 562-2386
    email: external@utn.stjr.is , postur@utn.stjr.is
    website: http://www.mfa.is/

    MORE ICELAND GOV. LINKS: http://www.government.is/

    Icelandic Tourist Board
   STREET ADDRESSES: http://www.icetourist.is/displayer.asp?cat_id=491
    email: info@icetourist.is, scandinavia@icetourist.is , info@icetourist.de ,
    usa@icetourist.is
    website: http://www.icetourist.is/

    Embassy of Iceland - Washington D.C., USA
   1156 15th Street N.W., Suite 1200 * Washington DC 20005-1704
    ph: +1-202-265 6653 * email: icemb.wash@utn.stjr.is
    website: http://www.iceland.org/us/

    ICELAND EMBASSIES IN OTHER COUNTRIES:
    http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/Iceland/Iceland1.html

ALL EMAILS FOUND FOR SAMPLE LETTER #3 / ICELAND:
Kinship Circle does not guarantee all email addresses will work. Some may be
outdated or disabled due to this campaign. Try again later.
    jon.b.jonasson@sjr.stjr.is, postur@sjr.stjr.is, postur@for.stjr.is,
    external@utn.stjr.is, postur@utn.stjr.is, info@icetourist.is,
    scandinavia@icetourist.is, info@icetourist.de, usa@icetourist.is,
    icemb.wash@utn.stjr.is

SAMPLE LETTER #3 / ICELAND:

Honorable Officials Of Iceland:

I understand Iceland suspended its whale slaughter, but intends to renew it in the near future. I respectfully ask you to permanently stop whale hunts.

Iceland, a member of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), should uphold the moratorium on commercial whaling. Like Japan, Iceland has been criticized for its defiance of international treaty obligations.

Environmental organizations and tour operators have stated Icelandic whaling hinders tourism and whale watching. Why risk revenue and project a negative international image?

I urge you to act in accordance with 21st Century conservation policy. Whales are already vulnerable to chemical pollution, seismic and naval sonar, entrapment in nets, ship strikes, habitat loss and other hazards. Whales are slow breeders with a high infant death rate. Scientific and commercial hunts impede population recovery. To perpetuate this violence against nature is scandalous.

Please do not exploit IWC's exemption for "scientific whaling." There is no rationale for butchering whales to analyze migration, age, ecology or behavior. Eminent scientists and legal authorities rebuke "scientific whaling" as pointless and illegitimate.

Moreover, whale hunts are profoundly inhumane. Harpoons explode inside their bodies, shredding internal organs. It can take up to a half or full hour for a whale to die. Some, tied to the side of whaling vessels, suffocate as they thrash about in vain attempts to escape.

Personally, I cannot tour or otherwise support any society that condones senseless brutality against animals. Please abide by IWC rulings and end Iceland's whale hunt permanently.

Thank you,
 

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4. SAMPLE LETTER: U.S. Whale Protection
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TO FIND YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPS
AND GET THEIR CONTACT INFO, TRY:
   Congress.org: http://www.Congress.org
    USA Senate: http://www.senate.gov
    USA House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov
    Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121

SAMPLE LETTER #4 / U.S. CONGRESS:

The Honorable Representative __________________________
U.S. House of Representatives * Washington, D.C. 20510  

The Honorable Senators _______________________________
The U.S. Senate, U.S. Capitol Building * Washington, D.C. 20510  

Dear Representative __________________________________  

and  Senators _______________________________________:

On November 18, 2007, Japan's whaling fleet headed to Southern Ocean Sanctuary around Antarctica to slaughter over 1,000 whales -- with 50 endangered humpback whales among those targeted.

Japan now hunts a species whose numbers have dropped by an estimated 90%. Commercial slaughter of humpbacks has been illegal for more than 40 years.

I call upon my elected officials to advocate uncompromising U.S. guidance for whale protection in the 21st Century.

As members of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Japan, Norway and Iceland should uphold the moratorium on commercial whaling. These nations (especially Japan) are criticized for their continuing defiance of international treaty obligations.

Whales are already vulnerable to chemical pollution, seismic and naval sonar, entrapment in nets, ship strikes, habitat loss and other hazards. Whales are slow breeders with a high infant death rate. Scientific and commercial hunts impede population recovery. For Japan to expand its "kill list" with endangered humpbacks is scandalous.

Whaling nations have long exploited IWC's exemption for "scientific whaling." There is no rationale for butchering whales to analyze migration, age, ecology or behavior. Eminent scientists and legal authorities rebuke "scientific whaling" as pointless and illegitimate. In fact, science-based slaughter is a veil for commerce in whale meat.

Moreover, whale hunts are profoundly inhumane. Harpoons explode inside their bodies, shredding internal organs. It can take up to a half or full hour for a whale to die. Some, tied to the side of whaling vessels, suffocate as they thrash about in vain attempts to escape.

The United States needs to let whaling nations know: If you fail to act in accordance with IWC rulings, you face serious consequences. If Japan proceeds without penalty, whale populations and marine ecosystems may never recover. Please help lead the way in whale protection before it's too late.

Thank you,
 

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