1.Total banning of commercial whaling
2.Stop cruelty towards bears
3.Stop Prematin horse suffering
4.Stop killing dogs and cats to eat
Do you think my signing to these petitions in the internet will help in any way?
|Do you think my signing to these petitions in the internet will help in any way?
Whaling bans were primarily put in place through diligent efforts of the Cousteau Society (Greenpeace actually severly hurt the efforts!!!) The National Geographic Society also contributed to this effort. Petitions had no effect. There is very limited whaling, with the Japanese being by far the worst offenders, claiming their rather large whale catches are for "research". By the way, the Japanese are also the largest killers of dolphins and orcas. (And I am by no means anti-Japan or anti-Japanese.) By the way, the petition talks about the number of whales taken and then talks about the Blue Whale. No country allows ANY hunting of Blue Whales (or Grays or Hump Backs.) The primary whale taken is the Minke Whale.
An on line petition will have no effect on the way Chinese handle, or keep bears. In fact, the Chinese Sun Bear is the most commonly kept bear here in the US.
The Permatine petition is also misleading. These horses are not kept in ideal conditions and the babies are taken from them early (the mothers need to be kept pregnant to ensure production of the necessary hormones.) There are efforts to make changes in this whole industry, but the demand for the Permatine is so high that there is enough money to ensure strong political pull. The petition will have no effect, but more direct efforts to change local humane laws will go a long way.
The dog and cat petition addresses this as a South Korea issue. The Koreans DO NOT eat cats (ask one, they'll be VERY offended.) The Chinese are the ones that eat cats. The Koreans, Japanese and most of Southeast Asia do not. Dogs are still eaten to a limited degree in much of the orient. The Koreans consider dog a delecacy, but mostly the older generation. The concept of a dog being part of the family is pretty foreign in Korean culture, but it is starting to take hold in the younger generation as they embrace "western" fashion and culture. When we visited Korea last year one member of our party was out on a walk and happened on a butcher shop - with dog bodies hanging in the shop. It was very disturbing for her and for the rest of us when she told us about it. We have Korean friend who suggested we should at least try it before we went on the trip. We made it VERY clear that this was an absolute area of no compromise. Our hosts were very careful to respect our wishes.