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SCOOP IMAGES: “whale graveyard” protest in parliament grounds

Scoop images by Rory MacKinnon

An eerie silence hung over Parliament’s grounds at lunchtime today as a throng of Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd and Greens supporters mourned whales consigned to death by international whaling.

Greenpeace supporters set up a whale graveyard in front of the Beehive in reaction to details of a proposal being considered by the International Whaling Commission which could legitimise commercial whaling and allow hunting to continue in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

Greenpeace is campaigning for a definite and swift end to commercial whaling including all whaling in the Southern Ocean.

The demonstrators carried more than 100 whale tail cutouts symbolising what is at stake.

“Our Government has a choice. Support a proposal that could result in a real whale graveyard or fight for a proposal which protects the future of whales,” said Greenpeace Executive Director Bunny McDiarmid who spoke at the protest.

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1 comment:

  1. blanca gonzalez, 2. May 2010, 15:51

    Please stop the whale killing and stop the Japanese from destroying the sea before it’s too late.