I received this very heartening news through Phil Kline at Greenpeace this morning via email and it was a must share - as I grew up in Japan and have very strong ties there. Also feel that this news has been a long time coming:
Heartening News - for the Whales - from Greenpeace:
I have amazing news that I've waited my whole life to be able to share with you. Japan has officially cancelled all plans to hunt whales in the Southern Ocean in 2014. This will be the first year since 1904 that no whales will be hunted in Antarctic waters.
This is huge! Today marks a phenomenal victory for whales — and for Greenpeace supporters like you who have joined together to call for an end to commercial whaling.
I can only imagine that if we could communicate this news to whales — they’d also be jumping for joy. Since 1989, Greenpeace has sent nine anti-whaling expeditions to the Antarctic.
More recently, supporters like you have fought tirelessly to end the subsidies that keep commercial whaling alive and stop the unjust and unprofitable market for whale meat. This day wouldn't have been possible without your support. Thank you!
I hope you will take the time to celebrate this great news for whales with me today. This is proof that, together, we can make real change to protect the world’s whales and the oceans that they live in.
For the whales,
Phil Kline Senior Oceans Campaigner
To our Health, Wealth, and to the Whales and the Oceans, and all the Sea Creatures who make us whole! Dancing heart~~~~