Thursday, April 07, 2005

Greenpeace e-letter


My name is Jim Wickens, I'm an oceans campaigner for Greenpeace International. I'm writing to you from Ulsan, an old whaling city in South Korea, where this year's International Whaling Commission meeting will be held. I am here with Yeyong Choi from the Korean Federation for Environmental Movement (KFEM), and we need your help.

We have uncovered plans that the Korean government is planning to build a whale meat processing factory here, to enable them to process freshly caught whales. What is the purpose of such a facility? It strongly indicates Korea has plans to resume commercial whaling. Why else would you invest in a brand new whale meat factory?

Greenpeace and KFEM have today set up camp on the land where the government is planning to build this factory, establishing a Whale Embassy, to allow us to speak for Korea's whales that have no voice to protest. It isn't easy here, camped in the heart of Korea's pro-whaling past, with a dozen whale and dolphin meat restaurants across the road.

We want the Korean government to know that the international community opposes the resumption of whaling in any shape or form and we urgently need your help to do this.

Please help us to speak out for Korea's whales.

Click here to send a message to the Korean embassy in your country, tell your concerns, and ask the Korean government to:

  • Publicly announce they will not build a whale meat processing factory
  • Bring an end to the whale meat trade in Korea
  • Vote for whales and not whaling, at this year's International Whaling Commission meeting in Korea.

By sending this letter, you can directly show your support at the occupation - for every message sent, we will tie a ribbon to our embassy lighthouse. The more ribbons we get, the stronger our voice becomes!

Thanks for your support. Every letter sent will make a difference.

All the best,

Jim and Yeyong

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