12 Apr '12, 11pm

Memorial for a Brave and Inspirational Makah Elder Alberta Nora Thompson

Memorial for a Brave and Inspirational Makah Elder Alberta Nora Thompson

Memorial for a Brave and Inspirational Makah Elder Alberta Nora Thompson December 3, 1923 - April 11, 2012 Alberta Nora Thompson: December 3, 1923 - April 11, 2012 In 1995, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society had a dilemma. Our loyalty to the whales was to be tested when we took a stand in defense of the California Gray Whale and opposed the proposal by the Makah Tribal Counsel of Washington State to kill five whales each year, to revive the traditional Makah whaling culture. The Makah had not killed a whale for nearly a century and they did not meet the International Whaling Commission rules governing aboriginal whaling, specifically the criteria of nutritional necessity and unbroken tradition. We refused to discriminate and allow the Makah a free pass to kill whales. We felt it would be racist of us to turn a blind eye on the Makah as we fought whaling by the Japanese,...

Full article: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2012/04/12/memo...

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