In the course of collecting signatures on the 10,534 letters delivered to Palace Entertainment and Miami Seaquarium from our “16,425 Days A Slave” campaign, this aerial photo has been the most compelling.
#NoDAPL - All have come to stand in solidarity against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) which is currently under construction.
Please support the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency’s initiative to list Hector’s and Maui dolphins under the Endangered Species Act.
People of all ages have been sending love from across the Pacific and Atlantic! Also we are sharing an update on the lawsuit for Lolita’s Endangered Species Act status, leading up to a press release yesterday (1 July 2016).
Toki being forced to scream for food truly is an “abomination”. It is also atrocious that she has been kept in an illegal tank (too small by Orca welfare standards in the U.S.), for over 45 years, 35 of them alone since the suicide of her Orca tank mate Hugo.
Japanese Whaling fleet heading for Antarctica, expected to kill up to 333 minke whales by March 2016. The slaughter will occur in waters that have been declared a whale sanctuary by the International Whaling Commission (IWC)!
I am excited to share with you that I've been invited to be a guest speaker at the Miracle March for Lolita in Miami (Florida) January 17, 2015! It is a huge honor to be able join in the walk and to stand before thousands at this historic event honoring Lolita and supporting her release from captivity.
It is more than evident that unless the current government is VOTED OUT, the last 55 Maui's Dolphins could become EXTINCT less than two decades from now.
C. R. Stecyk III is a multimedia artist widely acknowledged as a major influence within the genres of graffiti and street art. He has participated in more than 300 international exhibitions and his work is included in a number of public collections.
Natas Kaupas (born 1969) is a semi-retired American professional skateboarder. He grew up in South Santa Monica, California in the area known as Dogtown and is of Lithuanian descent. He attended Santa Monica High School. He is often referred to as one of the first true professional street skateboarders.
As a teenager, Guerrero was one of the prominent members of the Bones Brigade, Powell Peralta's professional skateboarding team that was successful during the 1980s. He was well known for his relaxed style of street skateboarding and his Bones Brigade footage was primarily filmed in his hometown of San Francisco
New research confirms that New Zealand’s Maui’s dolphins could face extinction by 2031. In the past two years, the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) had issued urgent recommendations about the need to protect the dolphins’ from fishing nets. New Zealand has failed to implement this advice. IWC scientists are scheduled to discuss the plight of the last 50 Maui’s dolphins again at their meeting in Bled, Slovakia this week.
More good news, and gratitude to EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency) and HSI (Humane Society International) for this campaign
During the 20th century alone, more than 1.4 million whales have been killed. In the process, commercial whaling systematically depleted whale population after whale population. Estimates indicate that the impacts of previous commercial whaling led to the reduction of whale populations, leaving species such as the Humpback Whale down to 10%, the Blue Whale down to less than 4% from "pre-exploitation numbers", the Gray Whale down to 12%, the Right Whale down to 6%. All of these whales are among at least 7 whale species listed as Endangered. These numbers may be shocking, but also disturbing is the fact that scientists from outside of Japan have purchased whale meats from Japanese markets to find DNA results indicating that Humpback, Blue, and Sei whale meats are still being sold.
The NZ government has again failed to adequately protect the ever-declining population of Maui's Dolphins, now at 54 or less (adults over age of 1 year) There is very little question that current government is bowing to the commercial fisheries, seabed mining, and deep sea oil industries instead of doing the right thing to save the dolphins.
Saul Hudson (born July 23, 1965), better known by his stage name Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the former lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom (Slash achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Michael Andrew "Duff" McKagan (born February 5, 1964) is an American musician and writer. He is best known for his twelve-year tenure as the bassist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. During his later years with the band, he released a solo album, Believe in Me (1993), and formed the short-lived supergroup Neurotic Outsiders.
Steve Stevens is one of the most original guitarists to emerge from the 80's rock scene, best known for his 30 year partnership with Billy Idol, his work on Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana", his Grammy Award winning performance on "Top Gun Anthem" & his work with Vince Neil on "Exposed"... & ...Josie Stevens is an American TV personality, model & fashion designer.
Vocalist/bass guitarist/songwriter Glenn Hughes is a true original. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes' calling card. He's known as a singer's singer. Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favourite white singer.
Seabed mining company Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) "...aims to suck up to 50 million tonnes of sand from the seabed, and ship up to 5 million tonnes of iron concentrate to Asia every year."
Best known as the award winning producer and star of the hit TV series Survivorman (OLN Canada, The Science Channel US, Discovery Channel International, City TV (Rogers) Canada), Les Stroud is the only producer in the history of television to produce an internationally broadcast series entirely written, videotaped and hosted alone.
Juliette Lewis (born June 21, 1973) is an American actress and singer. She gained fame for her role in the 1991 thriller Cape Fear for which she was nominated for both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. This followed with major roles in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Natural Born Killers, Strange Days, The Evening Star, Kalifornia, From Dusk Till Dawn, and The Other Sister.
Howard Garrett offers educational programs about orca natural history around the Pacific Northwest. He co-founded the non-profit Orca Network in November 2001 with Susan Berta. Howard received his degree in Sociology from The Colorado College in 1980, and began working with the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island in 1981. In 1996 Garrett wrote Orcas In Our Midst, a booklet oriented toward middle-school students, and has since published additional educational books about resident and transient Orcas in the area.
“Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project” KINGS OF CHAOS--the new touring project featuring former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan, along with Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion/Deep Purple), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol)--will perform a special concert on Monday, November 18 at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles. They’ll play a two-hour set spanning the greatest hits from all of its superstar members and additional special guest performers.
The group of skateboarders united in the celebration of the lifting of the ban of skateboarding on a Promenade in Cape Town, and last week we united to support the Lets Face It campaign. It was featured in the local papers as well. I wish you the best of luck with the cause and I hope that we are able to support in the future.
25 NGOs representing across the globe, backing concerns of over 2,000 marine mammal scientists, a "sign on" letter is sent to the New Zealand government during the re-opened Threat Management Plan (TMP) submissions period.
Send your own submission directly to the NZ government.... DOC (Department of Conservation) NZ is now seeking submissions on the Minister’s intention to vary the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary to prohibit commercial and recreational set net fishing between two and seven nautical miles offshore between Pariokariwa Point and the Waiwhakaiho River, Taranaki.
After North Sea Gas Leak, Drillers Fear Corrosive Fluid Could Threaten Deep Sea Wells Across The World
On the heels of the controversial Anadarko Amendment (criminalizing aspects of protesting at sea), the New Zealand government has proposed a law change to the Marine Legislation Bill, currently before Parliament. If passed, the public's right to oppose deep-sea oil and gas exploration will be removed.
Jack Johnson is an American folk rock singer-songwriter, surfer and musician known for his work in the soft rock and acoustic genres. In 2001, he achieved commercial success after the release of his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales.
With Táta Vega, what you hear is what you get--and what you get is an artist whose music mirrors her spirit...and vice versa. A fresh and original blend of energy and inspiration...an effervescent personality combined with abundant talent, refreshing music and an eternal message.
Shaun Tomson has been listed as one of the 25 most influential surfers of the century and as one of the 10 greatest surfers of all time. During his career he was both the youngest and oldest surfer to win a pro event and is considered to be one of the architects of professional surfing.
Scientists are calling for a complete ban on set net fishing in Akaroa Harbour after finding out one of New Zealand's most endangered species is in the area more often than they thought.
Quotations and comments from Wayne Walker, Albany ward councillor and Auckland Council environment and sustainability forum chairman back the (IWC Scientific) committee's recommendations for saving the last 55 Maui's dolphins. And Auckland council coastal specialist Bill Trusewich chimes in too.
After numerous e-mails and phone calls by Peggy Oki (Coordinator of "Let's Face It" Visual Petitions) since February (2013) pushing to formulate a group letter of concern to DOC with request for protocols including necropsy to determine cause of death in any cetaceans found in proximity to zones of seismic testing we gladly announce that the Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM) is urging the New Zealand government to halt seismic testing in Maui’s dolphin habitat immediately. In a letter to New Zealand’s Prime Minister the SMM expressed concerns about seismic surveys in the home of Maui’s dolphins, the rarest dolphin species on earth. The President of the Society Prof. Helen Marsh said that "allowing seismic testing in the dolphins’ habitat may harm their hearing and push them into unprotected areas, where they are more exposed to fishing nets. The impact on the 55 remaining Maui’s dolphins could be devastating. Allowing this seismic testing appears inconsistent with the New Zealand Government's stated goal of enabling this subspecies to recover..."
Living legend Mark Cunningham continues his exciting life as one of the most inspiring world class bodysurfers of all time after retiring from 29 years of Honolulu City & County lifeguard duty including the beach at Ehukai Beach Park for nearly two decades. He's six time winner of the Pipeline Bodysurfing Classic.
19th District Senator, California. Hannah-Beth Jackson is an educator, former State Assembly Member, and former Deputy District Attorney. She was elected to represent the 35th Assembly District, encompassing large portions of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, from 1998 to 2004.
Like his brothers, Keith is a master of all forms of waveriding. Keith can surf anything and everything from 2' to 25' and was on the WQS tour for years and ended up qualifying for the WCT. Keith did the WCT for one year but decided that traveling and surfing with his brothers and friends, making movies, and having the freedom to go anywhere in the world on short notice for a huge swell was more to his liking. Keith and his brothers shocked the surfing community when they went outside of the industry and signed a sponsorship deal with environmentally friendly Patagonia. All three Malloys are a driving force behind the brand's ocean stores and conservation efforts.
First known as a professional surfers, Chris along with brothers Keith and Dan impressed the world over with their surfing. Along with surfers like Pancho Sullivan, Myles Padaca, Noah Johnson and Strider Wasilewski, Malloy was part of a new breed of pro surfer who put travel and big waves way ahead of competition on the priority list. He became a fixture in the surf magazines, was a top-biller in Taylor Steele's momentous surf videos and, in one article, was even labeled a "New School ringleader."
Letter to New Zealand Prime Minister regarding Maui's, Shock over accidental catch rates, and when a marine sanctuary is a "killing field".
Legendary rock climber, surfer, environmentalist and outdoor industry businessman, noted for his contributions to climbing, climbing equipment and the outdoor gear business. His second company, Patagonia, is known for its environmental focus.
We've heard that the NZ govt may announce the Threat Management Plan (TMP) on the Maui's & Hector's dolphins this month!!!
Congratulations and much gratitude to Dave “Rasta” Rastovich’s on returning to New Zealand for his 350km, two-week solo paddle from Cape Taranaki to Piha, west of Auckland, in New Zealand. The paddle aims to draw international awareness to the seabed mining proposed for the coastline.
A visual exploration of threats & protection options made by 'dumpark creative industries' Learn about the rarest dolphin on earth and its worrying decline of population.
A group letter of concern with 50 national and international organizations, representing over 20 million concerned citizens globally, for the critically endangered Maui’s dolphin was signed on 24 October, 2012, and will be sent to Hon. John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand. While this is impressive, we are still very concerned. Why? Earlier this year, more than 32,000 people having submitted on the measures around Taranaki, with 76 per cent of submissions calling for greater protection of Maui’s dolphins. Despite this, in September during the largest international conference on conservation (the IUCN) the NZ government was the ONLY member nation among 576 that voted against a motion to stop the extinction of the Hector's and Maui's Dolphins. So we need to do everything we can now to ensure that protections necessary for the survival of the Maui's and Hector's Dolphins will be included in the Threat Management Plan (TMP).
Peggy Oki will be collecting "Let's Face It" Visual Petitions at the American Cetacean Society XIII International Conference, San Diego, California, 9-11 November. Please contact us if you would like to help us in these last few days toward our goal of 5,500 VPs before 12 November.
Explorer. Environmentalist. Educator. Film Producer. For more than four decades, Jean-Michel Cousteau has dedicated himself and his vast experience to communicate to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet.
Founder of the Oceanic Preservation Society in 2005, renowned photographer and avid diver directed OPS's first film, The Cove, which has won dozens of awards around the world, including the Oscar® for Best Documentary in 2009, and inspired over a million people to action.
Research Biologist and one of the founders of Cascadia Research, a non-profit research organization formed in 1979 based in Olympia, Washington. His work has been covered on shows by Discovery Channel and others and has been featured in National Geographic TV specials and a magazine article in 2009.
Vernon Courtland Johnson, or VCJ, is one of today’s most influential artists working in a commercial medium. His iconic designs for Powell Peralta have inspired thousands of other artists worldwide, and he routinely gets namechecked by street-art superstars like D*Face and Shepard Fairey. VCJ didn’t invent the idea of skateboard art, but he both defined it and set a standard that others have yet to match.
Professional free surfer, co-founder of Surfers For Cetaceans, featured in the documentary film "Minds In the Water" on his journey as an activist for cetaceans. Dave came to Raglan, New Zealand this year to help stand up for the last 55 Maui's Dolphins.
Its been estimated that over 6.1 million people snowboard just in the US alone. According to Chuck Barfoot, the reason snowboarding was invented was because a few surfers wanted to surf in the snow - they totally related it to surfing.
Co-founder of Heal the Ocean, Hillary Hauser (pictured left) has been a writer/journalist/news reporter since 1968, with published books about the sea and underwater exploration, and magazine articles including National Geographic, Geo, Islands, The Surfer’s Journal, Reader’s Digest and the Los Angeles Times.
Brad Lackey was one of America’s pioneering motocross racers of the 1970s and ‘80s. In 1972, Lackey won the AMA 500cc National Motocross championship. In 1982, after a decade of trying, he became the first American to win the 500cc World Motocross Championship.
California surfer / writer / photographer who stars in Woodshed Films’ 180° South – A trip that mirrors the legendary journey of Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins. An accomplished writer, his works have appeared in Surfer’s Journal, Surfer, and Alpinist.
So we have till mid-November to collect as many "Let's Face It" Visual Petitions as possible. Let's show them through our global campaign that the WORLD IS WATCHING!!!
The New Zealand government has been making news, ...but not in a nice way. As the veil of “green” is raised, the dark truth of New Zealand’s current environmental policy is revealed. Is there light at the end of the tunnel?
Peggy Oki, Coordinator of the "Let's Face It" Visual Petition campaign and "Origami Whales Project" Founder & Director "continues to "Work it for the Whales, and Dolphins too of course!"
Peggy Oki, artist and Coordinator of our "Let's Face It" Visual Petition campaign painted this bench as a contribution to the Carpinteria Valley Arts Council "Artniture" fund-raising event. And she's spreading the word at the same time with her creation which is also embellished with some art by students from her Whales & Dolphins Ambassador Program.
Japan Dolphins Day 2012 is just around the corner, 31 August or 1 September (depending on location). If you’ve watched “The Cove” you may already be planning to attend one of over 80 Japan Dolphin Day rallies across the world.
The world's smallest and most endangered dolphin 'will die out' unless radical changes are made to fishing, say scientists.
Grateful to SSCS for posting this commentary on the need for NZ government to do much more to save the Maui's & Hector's Dolphins from extinction
Research considered by the IWC's Scientific Committee shows that protected areas are too small to be effective, and progress in extending gillnet and trawl net free areas has been too slow to achieve recovery as part of New Zealand's national and international obligations.
"South Korea is proposing to hunt whales under regulations permitting scientific research whaling, echoing the programmes of its neighbour, Japan. ...There are several different stocks, or groups, of minke whales in the region, and one of the them, the so-called J-stock, is severely depleted."
"...despite questions over whether the bid from St Vincent and the Grenadines qualified under IWC rules."
You can now turn your "Let's Face It" Visual Petition into your facebook profile timeline cover.
Last night I presented the "Curtain of 3,800 Origami Whales" for a local screening of "Between the Folds", an amazing documentary about the art of origami...
Liz Slooten (among foremost in studying the Maui's & Hector's Dolphins of NZ) is in Panama for the IWC meetings after presenting her paper to the Scientific Committee on the Maui's & Hector's of NZ, and the Vaquitas Dolphins of Mexico.
"I WORK IT FOR THE WHALES" says legendary Dogtown skateboarder Peggy Oki at the 2012 Skateboard Hall of Fame Awards.
"900 tons, an astonishing 3/4 of JARPN II meat, is left unsold from the auction. Nisshin-Maru returns from Antarctica (whose “mission was cut short by SS”) bringing back over 1000 tons. Now with the whale meat silently mounting in their warehouses, the future of the ICR is uncertain…"
"Let's Face It" Visual Petition campaign submission, 1pm NZT, 11 April to the three decision-makers in the New Zealand government
Over a dozen non-governmental organizations have requested that Prime Minister John Key take immediate action to protect Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins in a letter hand-delivered to him today.
If you've already created your "Let's Face It" Visual Petition, you can still help by collecting more.
Peaceful rally walking from Allen street to Parliament builidngs. We invite all people to walk with us and ask that our MP's use their special emergency powers and immediately stop the use of SET/Gill Nets.This march is supported by all New Zealand conservation groups.
We are hard at work to meet our print deadline for banners and posters to be presented to the New Zealand government in early April. While we won't be able to include any additional visual petitions (VPs) for this print run, our campaign will continue.
Watch this excellent message from 15 time world champion free diver William Trubridge.
Juan Duazo of Raglan Positive Perspectives put together this great video for our "Let's Face It" visual petition campaign video. The sad thing is that since we began filming "On 13 March 2012, New Zealand's Department of Conservation announced that the number of Maui's dolphins is most likely 55."
"...shareholding in Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd which in turn owns Maori's 50 per cent share in Sealord. Until 2005 Sealord's other owner, Japan's Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd owned the Japanese whaling company Kyodo Senpaku Ltd. It no longer owns it."
"...increase whaling budget by almost 600%"
with Roger Payne, one of the earliest heroes bringing voice, literally by sharing Humpback Whale songs, to raise awareness about whaling.
“Japan’s whaling fleet has left its home port for another turbulent season in the Southern Ocean, this year courtesy of extra money from the nation’s earthquake recovery fund.”
“Japan’s whaling fleet has left its home port for another turbulent season in the Southern Ocean, this year courtesy of extra money from the nation’s earthquake recovery fund.”
Courtesy of The Natural Resources Defense Council
"U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke certified to President Obama that Iceland’s commercial whaling and international trade in fin whale products is diminishing the effectiveness of the International Whaling Commission (IWC)"23.08.2011 "...will start preparing for the next season; we haven’t given up on whaling,”
"A meeting of the International Whaling Commission ended in disarray on Thursday when Japan and its allies used the most basic of procedural maneuvers to kill a proposal to protect whales in the southern Atlantic: they walked out."
"Iceland's biggest whaling company Hvalur has killed 273 endangered fin whales and exported more than 1,200 tonnes of fin whale meat and blubber to Japan since 2008, according to the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), in a trade worth estimated US$17 million."
Japan's spring coastal whaling off Kushiro has ended, and radioactive caesium has been detected in some of the whales taken. Officials from Japan have announced that this is likely a result of the nuclear accident off Fukushima, and that the situation will need to be watched.
WHEN the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission ended on Friday with the 24-year ban on commercial whaling still intact, however tenuous its hold and leviathan its loopholes, sighs of relief issued from many quarters — along with, no doubt, a volley of whistles, clicks and proudly parochial squeals.
Thank you! ...to everyone who participated in making it clear that the proposed compromise on commercial whaling is unacceptable*. While this was good news, today, it was announced authorization for Greenland to kill 27 Humpback Whales in a 3 year period. Please consider the update and take action at left hand column. The whaling nations continue slaughter of over 1,800 whales annually, including recent escalation of Icelandic whaling which included the slaughter of 125 endangered fin whales last year.
AGADIR, Morocco — Greenland's indigenous peoples won the right Friday to hunt 27 humpback whales, capping three years of acrimonious debate within the 88-nation International Whaling Commission.
AGADIR, Morocco — Kristjan Loftsson, Iceland's millionaire whaling king, doesn't really see the difference: "whales are just another fish," he said at a crunch meeting of the International Whaling Commission.
An investigation conducted by WDCS in May 2010 documented how a Greenland company commissions subsistence whalers to hunt whales for them to sell in supermarkets and how whale meat ends up as fancy dinners in 4-star tourist hotels.
By environment reporter Sarah Clarke, Tue Jun 22, 2010 Australia has accused the International Whaling Commission (IWC) of trying to shut down debate after the whaling body suspended official talks...
South Korean police said the manager offered whale meat smuggling...as secretly brought to Korea from Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture
If the IWC compromise proposal, still currently supported by the Obama administration, would have been accepted at the meetings last month, South Korea surely would have been the next to demand legitimized commercial whaling.
If you receive campaign e-mails from Greenpeace, WWF, Pew Environment Group, and Humane Society of the US, they state that the US voted against the compromise. In fact, the Obama Administration continues to support the compromise which would make commercial whaling legitimate.
In 2009, 1,163 Minke whales were reported killed by Japan, Norway, and Iceland. Since 1986, nearly 38,000 Whales (5 different species) have been reported killed. The fate of thousands of these Minke Whales are at stake as of this morning, the 64th annual International Whaling Commission meetings begin in Panama City.
As the annual International Whaling Commission meeting stumbles to a close, unable to negotiate a compromise between whaling opponents and people who’ve killed more than 40,000 whales since 1985, scientists say these aquatic mammals are more than mere animals. They might even deserve to be considered people.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) opposes the use of wild animals in circuses and other traveling acts. Because cruelty to animals is inherent to such displays, we seek to end such uses of wild animals.
Commercial whalers hunted the gray whale to near extinction by the 1920s. In recent years, gray whale stocks have rebounded, leading federal officials to remove them from the Endangered Species List in 1994. The gray whale remains threatened with populations worldwide estimated at only 23,000.
Japan uses overseas aid to buy support for the resumption of commercial whaling, a senior government official admitted yesterday in unusually frank comments that have provoked fury among anti-whaling groups.
Since Norway's resumption of commercial whaling in 1993, a total of 2,238 Minkes in the Barents Sea, Norwegian Sea and North Sea. Norway's self-created kill quota has increased from 600 to up to 711 whales for the year 2003.
Dr. David E. Guggenheim (third from left) is a marine scientist, conservation policy specialist, submarine pilot, ocean explorer and educator. He is president and founder of the Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization, Ocean Doctor.