In a few days, Norway will start a horrific annual tradition of killing hundreds of whales. But if enough raise the alarm now we could get governments across Europe to close their ports to Norwegian ships until they agree to end the bloody slaughter of these emotional, intelligent beings! We did it before with Iceland. Add your name with one click and forward widely:
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Whales are awe-inspiring, beautiful beings. We now know they communicate with each other in song, and experience human-like emotions. But in Norway, every year these amazing creatures are hunted down and killed, then hacked apart to become animal feed and ingredients in beauty products. It’s unbearable.
Norway has managed to slip under the radar as the #1 whale slaughtering country. But if we now rally unprecedented global outrage, we can push Europe to close its ports to Norway’s whalers. We did it with Iceland — let’s do it again! Sign the petition below with one click:
To the Norwegian government, the European Commission and all leaders of countries that allow Norwegian whale shipments to pass through:
As concerned global citizens we appeal to the Norwegian government to end the whale slaughter, and to all others to close your ports to Norwegian whale meat shipments. Your decision will set precedent that could save thousands of whales, and help stop whaling across Europe.
Our movement and our partners already got Germany and the Netherlands to move to shut their ports to Icelandic whalers, got a major Icelandic whale hunter badboy to shut down his operations, pressured the International Whaling Commission to clamp down on “scientific whaling”, and helped set a path to have 30% of our oceans protected by 2030.
Norway has got away with this mass murder for too long and the government just announced that it’s intending to double its slaughter quotas! But it is only profitable if they can export, and they rely on European ports to ship their bloody whale meat overseas.
Let’s end Norway’s trade of these magical species. When 1 million of us have joined, Avaaz will pull out all the stops to make this a PR nightmare until every port in Europe rejects them and Norway stops whaling once and for all. Add your name now and tell everyone — let’s turn up the heat to save the whales!
Rewan, Caroline, Diego, Allison, Emma, Danny, Alice and the entire Avaaz team
No fin whales to be hunted in Iceland this summer (The Guardian)
How Norway quietly became a whaling powerhouse (CS Monitor)
90% of Minke Whales Killed in Norway Are Female and ‘Almost All’ Pregnant (EcoWatch)
Norway’s Whaling Program Just Got Even More Controversial (National Geographic)
Frozen in Time – How Modern Norway clings to its whaling past (Ocean Care)
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We need your help to ensure that as many Members of Congress as possible sign on as co-sponsors of the Paycheck Fairness Act by Equal Pay Day on Tuesday.
On Equal Pay Day, some politicians talk a good game about their support of equal pay without actually endorsing the policies that would help close the wage gap. We need to send a clear message that empty talk is not enough. We need our Members of Congress to take a firm stand by publicly supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act, which is a strong bill to address the wage gap on multiple fronts.
What would the Paycheck Fairness Act do?
This bill would deter wage discrimination by updating and strengthening the Equal Pay Act, including by barring retaliation against workers who disclose their own wages to co-workers—such as firing employees for talking about their salaries. And new this year, the bill would also prohibit employers from seeking a job applicant’s salary history so that pay discrimination will no longer follow women and people of color from job to job.
It’s time for our Members of Congress to do more than say nice things about equal pay.
Tuesday, April 4, is Equal Pay Day this year. It marks the day that the typical woman’s wages finally catch up to those of her male counterparts from the previous year. With the Paycheck Fairness Act, we can start to close the gap. Tell your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the bill today.
Thanks for joining We the Resistance’s fight to achieve equal pay.
We the Resistance is our fight to protect our rights and freedoms and to defend the most vulnerable among us through powerful collective action. Every conversation you have with a loved one about the issues important to you, every call you make to Congress, every rally you attend is a part of that resistance. Join us—sign on to the We The Resistance manifesto.
1533 – Henry VIII divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.
1814 – The allied European nations against Napoleon marched into Paris.
1822 – Florida became a U.S. territory.
1842 – Dr. Crawford W. Long performed the first operation while his patient was anesthetized by ether.
1855 – About 5,000 “Border Ruffians” from western Missouri invaded the territory of Kansas and forced the election of a pro-slavery legislature. It was the first election in Kansas.
1858 – Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patented the pencil.
1867 – The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.
1870 – The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1870 – Texas was readmitted to the Union.
1903 – Revolutionary activity in the Dominican Republic brought U.S. troops to Santo Domingo to protect American interests.
1905 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was chosen to mediate in the Russo-Japanese peace talks.
1909 – The Queensboro bridge in New York opened linking Manhattan and Queens. It was the first double decker bridge.
1909 – In Oklahoma, Seminole Indians revolted against meager pay for government jobs.
1916 – Pancho Villa killed 172 at the Guerrero garrison in Mexico.
1936 – Britain announced a naval construction program of 38 warships.
1939 – The comic book “Detective Comics #27” appeared on newstands. This comic introduced Batman.
1940 – The Japanese set up a puppet government called Manchuko in Nanking, China.
1941 – The German Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel began its first offensive against British forces in Libya.
1944 – The U.S. fleet attacked Palau, near the Philippines.
1945 – The U.S.S.R. invaded Austria during World War II.
1946 – The Allies seized 1,000 Nazis attempting to revive the Nazi party in Frankfurt.
1947 – Lord Mountbatten arrived in India as the new Viceroy.
1950 – The invention of the phototransistor was announced.
1950 – U.S. President Truman denounced Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of U.S. foreign policy.
1957 – Tunisia and Morocco signed a friendship treaty in Rabat.
1958 – The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gave its initial performance.
1964 – “Jeopardy” debuted on NBC-TV.
1964 – John Glenn withdrew from the Ohio race for U.S. Senate because of injuries suffered in a fall.
1970 – “Applause” opened on Broadway.
1970 – “Another World – Somerset” debuted on NBC-TV.
1972 – The British government assumed direct rule over Northern Ireland.
1972 – The Eastertide Offensive began when North Vietnamese troops crossed into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the northern portion of South Vietnam.
1975 – As the North Vietnamese forces moved toward Saigon South Vietnamese soldiers mob rescue jets in desperation.
1981 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded in Washington, DC, by John W. Hinckley Jr. Two police officers and Press Secretary James Brady were also wounded.
1982 – The space shuttle Columbia completed its third and its longest test flight after 8 days in space.
1984 – The U.S. ended its participation in the multinational peace force in Lebanon.
1987 – Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” was bought for $39.85 million.
1993 – In Sarajevo, two Serb militiamen were sentenced to death for war crimes committed in Bosnia.
1993 – In the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown hit his first home run.
1994 – Serbs and Croats signed a cease-fire to end their war in Croatia while Bosnian Muslims and Serbs continued to fight each other.
1998 – Rolls-Royce was purchased by BMW in a $570 million deal.
2002 – An unmanned U.S. spy plan crashed at sea in the Southern Philippines.
2002 – Suspected Islamic militants set off several grenades at a temple in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Four civilians, four policemen and two attackers were killed and 20 people were injured.
2009 – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey confirmed that the new World Trade Center building would be officially known by its legal name of “One World Trade Center.”