Monday, April 10, 2017

2 Orcas Harpooned in Front of a Cruise Ship – Help End Whale Hunting in Saint Vincent!

When you’re on a cruise, you want to relax, enjoy the fresh air, maybe with a drink in hand, and soak up lots of warm sunshine. The last thing you’d expect is to watch orcas die right in front of you. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened to Thomson Cruise passengers on a recent whale and dolphin watching tour to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, in the Caribbean. Two innocent orcas were harpooned right in front of the cruise boat. The captains of the boats tried to steer away from the scene but many passengers heard “loud explosions” as harpoons were fired into the killer whales.
Gruesome photos of the two carcasses have since emerged, showing the horrific killing – but we must warn you: the photos are graphic. Thomson Cruises has consequently canceled its whale and dolphin watching tours, with many of the passengers visibly upset and crying after watching the horrifying incident. Knowing that orcas are social and intelligent beings, it’s no wonder the passengers, and now thousands of animal lovers worldwide, are upset.

The island is located in the southern Caribbean just north of Venezuela and is one of the last few countries in the 21st century to still hunt whales and dolphins. Under rules set forth by the International Whaling Commission, whaling is allowed when done by “indigenous people to satisfy subsistence needs,” according to the organization’s website. The nation is allowed to kill four whales every year and it has reportedly slaughtered six since 2015.

But that could soon change, with Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Hon Ralph E Gonsalves now wanting to pass a law to ban the killing of whales. But he needs to know people support legislation prohibiting the killing of whales and dolphins. Send a polite email to the Prime Minister now at: pmosvg@vincysurf.com and let him know animal lovers worldwide won’t stand for this animal cruelty any longer. Please also send this post to your friends and family and urge them to send a quick email too. A one minute email could mean life and death for an orca!