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Big Blue March in Nicaragua | May 25, 2007

The recent decision of Nicaragua to vote in favor of commercial whaling has shocked people throughout the world. Nicaragua's vote was exactly the one vote that was necessary to restart commercial whaling, which was banned since 1986. On May 27 there will be a meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, where the International Whaling Commission (IWC) will gather to vote again on this important issue. Worldwide, whale supporters are gathering to raise their voice and convince the governments to protect the whales. So-called Big Blue Marches are organized throughout the world, and in Nicaragua this event will take place in Managua, on the same day as the meeting of the IWC.

During the Big Blue March supporters will be dressed in blue t-shirts and carrying signboards to demonstrate their opinion. Nicaragua has gained international attention because it is one of the few countries that might make an immediate difference. Nicaragua's swing vote can ban commercial whaling, which would mean that the earth's largest mammal is safe from large-scale human hunting again. Let us all hope that the Nicaraguan government will see the importance of protecting this beautiful animal species and vote against commercial whaling. Whoever has the opportunity to join the march, be sure to participate in the Big Blue March at the Rubén Darío Rotunda in Managua from 2 PM until 4 PM on Sunday, May 27.