Announcement from avaaz.org: "GREAT NEWS! We've hit the Icelandic whalers where it hurts! After receving our one million strong petition - Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs Sharon Dijksma agreed to work fast with the Port of Rotterdam and other EU harbours to stop the transfer of whale meat. This commitment sends a clear message to the whalers that they cannot expect it to be business as usual in Europe. The Dutch decision will make the whalers reconsider the hunt before it starts!"
Netherlands says No to whale meat trade through Europe
** Dutch government responds to 1 million strong global call and commits to stop the transfer of whale meat in Rotterdam port ** The global campaigning organisation, Avaaz today welcomed the announcement by the Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs Sharon Dijksma that she will take the lead and act fast to convince the Port of Rotterdam and other EU harbours to stop the transfer of whale meat. This announcement came as Avaaz delivered a petition signed by over 1 million citizens calling on the Netherlands to act before Icelandic summer whaling starts next week.
Pascal Vollenweider, Senior Campaigner at Avaaz said: "The Dutch government has listened to the urgent public appeal to help prevent a new whales massacre. The State Secretary’s announcement sends a clear message to the whalers that they cannot expect it to be business as usual in Europe. The Netherlands’ initiative to launch a code of conduct could be decisive in closing down Europe to the transfer of carcassess of these endangered majestic creatures."
Yesterday in The Hague State Secretary Dijksma received the petition signed by 1,106,917 people in just one week. The online petition can be seen here: http://www.avaaz.org/en/days_to_stop_the_whale_slaughter_global/. More....