If a picture tells a thousand words, then we will be presenting the world with millions of statements from all cultures around the world, proclaiming our firm desire to support Whales and Dolphins. The Visual Petition also presents the unique faces of those who are willing to be known as defenders of the ocean.
No matter who you are, we have a unique affinity with the ocean and it's inhabitants. As the Earth is 70% water, so are we as human beings.
We are the stewards of our coastlines and the protectors of the lifeblood of the world. This petition simply illustrates our collective power to act on those feelings of conservation, ensuring the next generation experiences the joy of Dolphins and Whales.
The Visual Petition began its journey by shooting the portraits of some great icons of the surf, music and film culture. David Rastovich, Jack Johnson, Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow, Andy Irons, Wolfmother, Xavier Rudd, Angus & Julia Stone, Ben Harper, Isabel Lucas, Hayden Panettiere, Daryl Hannah, Joaquin Phoenix, and many more have added their names to the growing petition. These portraits give the petition an identity to show that all these faces belong to people who are passionate about protecting Dolphins and Whales and the ocean they live in.
The Visual Petition Statement
The Visual Petition Statement
I .................................... acknowledge that this is the 11th hour for our ocean kin. I want to be a voice and a force of direct action for the ocean inhabitants.
As we see the wanton destruction of the worlds last great forests, pollution of the air and the crippling of rivers and waterways, the Whale, wonderous monarch of the sea has become the greatest symbol of the fragility of our mother earth- mother ocean.
I fully believe that we as ocean loving individuals have the power to implement change. I will endeavour to raise awareness of this issue and support this collective power who wish to honour Nature.
We will no longer tolerate this attack on our beloved Dolphins and Whales in our shared domain.
I wish to manifest change and see Whales and Dolphins fully honored and protected into the future.
Commercial Whaling was banned in 1986, though the whaling nations involved wanted to continue, and have since killed an estimated 30,000 Whales since 1986. A clause in the Moratorium allows a self allocated amount of Whales to be killed every year for supposed 'scientific' purposes. The meat is allowed to be sold commercially once they have finished their 'research'.
Despite Dolphins being a part of the Cetacean family they are hunted relentlessly. The numbers killed annually dwarf the number of larger Whales taken each year. In Japan alone there are well over 20, 000 Dolphins 'harvested' each year.
The Dolphins killed are sold as food despite all recent tests revealing the meat is highly contaminated with Mercury and other heavy metals. Some meat exceeds the advised level of contamination by up to 14 times. Mercury poisoning causes cancer, birth defects, brain damage and in some cases death.
The fishermen also capture Dolphins in order to sell them to theme parks. Usually young females who can reproduce in captivity. A live Dolphin can be sold for between $30,000 and $300,000. One Dolphin's worth of meat for consumption is worth $600.
All Cetaceans are in danger of disappearing forever due to human impact.