Brutal dolphin slaughter

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Oceanriders against brutal dolphin slaughter

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From: Zoe Massey – with Avaaz

Subject:
 Peru: Stop the dolphin slaughterSent: Thursday, January 02, 2014 1:24 PM

Dear friends in the Avaaz Community,

I just saw a report on the  news in Peru showing how fishermen are slaughtering up to 15,000  dolphins every year — for bait to catch endangered sharks. The entire story  made me sick — and now I’m fighting to end this nightmare. Will you join  me?
My government is starting to react, but they’re  not taking enough action yet. Dolphin hunting is already illegal and  punishable with several years in prison, but authorities are turning a blind eye  — allowing thousands of dolphins and sharks to be butchered. The government  cares a lot about Peru’s international reputation, especially for tourism,  and if we can make them feel embarrassed with a massive global campaign, I’m  sure they’ll start taking action to end the massacre.
Once I deliver a million signatures from all over the world to the  government of Peru, Avaaz will place ads in tourism magazines in  countries where most of our tourists come from and the government won’t be able  to ignore us! Help me stop the brutal slaughter by signing  now:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/dolphin_hunt_peru_3/?bJEFmfb&v=33583
When I saw this horrific hunt I realised I needed to do  something about it before our dolphins and sharks are gone forever. So I  decided to set up a petition and shared it with my friends and in less than 24  hours over 10,000 people had signed it!
Our oceans are  under attack. Sharks and dolphins already face threats from pollution,  climate change and entanglement in fishing gear. They play an important role as  ocean predators and need to be protected — not butchered. Many marine  ecosystems are on the verge of collapse from which they won’t recover and they  will not wait while our politicians dither around making empty statements.
Tourism is Peru’s third largest industry, growing faster than any  other South American country. Visitors are coming to see our pristine wilderness  and eco-tourism is very important. We can create a serious threat by taking  out hard-hitting ads in key countries where most visitors are coming from.  Our government will realise people not only love our country because of the  Machu Picchu and local gastronomy but also because they love our oceans and  wildlife. Sign now and share this with everyone:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/dolphin_hunt_peru_3/?bJEFmfb&v=33583
As an Avaaz member I’ve been truly amazed at our ability to help  protect our oceans. At first, I wanted to get 15,000 signatures to represent the  15,000 dolphins that are killed every year but together we can represent all the  dolphins and the sharks that can be saved in Peru’s waters!

With hope and  excitement,
Zoe — together with the Avaaz Community Petitions  Team

This petition was started on the Avaaz Community Petitions  Site. It’s quick and easy to start a petition on any issue you care about, click  here: http://avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?30311
MORE  INFORMATION:
Dolphins killed for shark bait in Peru (CNN) http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/22/world/americas/dolphins-killed-peru/
Dolphin  Slaughter Fueled by Illegal Shark Trade (National Geographic) http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/24/dolphin-slaughter-fueled-by-illegal-shark-trade/
Revealed:  brutal reality of world’s ‘biggest dolphin hunt’ (The Ecologist)  http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2122747/revealed_brutal_reality_of_worlds_biggest_dolphin_hunt 3817314746 Stop the brutal dolphin slaughter by signing now!

Up to 15,000 dolphins are being killed every year in Peru’s waters – for bait to catch endangered sharks. A new report has forced the government to respond but they’re not taking enough action yet and meanwhile the dolphins and the sharks are being killed. We can stop the massacre by threatening  Peru’s international reputation as a tourism destination. Sign now and share: 
button signthepetition new en Stop the brutal dolphin slaughter by signing now!