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Oceans Bluefin Tuna Action

"Stocks of Atlantic bluefin tuna, prized as a delicacy in Japan, have plunged more than 80% since 1970, according to CITES". Ok, that's clear.

Yesterday at the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, 68 countries, opposed a proposal from Monaco for a trade ban, and 20 governments voted in favor. There were 30 abstentions.

Something is just not right.

"The abject failure of governments here at CITES to protect Atlantic bluefin tuna spells disaster for its future and sets the species on a pathway to extinction," says Greenpeace International Oceans Campaigner Oliver Knowles.

Japanese fish dealers have welcomed the ban (Japan consumes about 80 percent of the world's Atlantic bluefin tuna). They believe that the ban is "too drastic". According to Kazuhiro Takayama, a fish wholesaler at Tokyo's sprawling Tsukiji fish market (as reported by AP): "a lot of people depend on this fish for their livelihoods".

But no effective measures have been implemented so far, so this was the next logical step to avoid tuna becoming extinct (more details in Greenpeace's report here).

"It's wrong — people telling us what we can and can't eat," said Yukio Unagizawa, a wholesaler at Tsukiji market (again in the Reuters article).

But, what will happen when there is NO tuna left? What will the fishery industry say then?

Time magazine (which includes two videos of the decline of tuna stocks worthwhile watching) attempts to explain the inexplicable decision of the UN to reject the ban and concludes:

"With the start of the Atlantic bluefin spawning season just two weeks away, Mediterranean tuna fishermen — and sushi lovers — have been granted a reprieve. One that will last, however, only as long as the bluefin does."

Photo credit: © Greenpeace / Gavin Parsons

Neslte responds to Kit Kat video:

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Nestlé KitKat

Photo credit: © Greenpeace / John Novis

Youtube and Nestle pulled down Greenpeace's video on Wednesday (click here for more details) in an attempt to silence Nestle's dirty secret of doing business with palm oil company Sinar Mas, which is a great threat to Indonesian rainforests and the orangutans that live there.

Consequently, the video was posted in many web portals and online media around the world and was quickly up on YouTube again.

When Nestle told YouTube to take the video down, there had been 17,000 hits. A day later it had been seen over 180,000 times after being picked up by supporters and re-posted . The video has now been translated into more than 6 languages.

In Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Hebrew, Polish, French

You can also see the reaction of Nestle's fans in Facebook.

Find all the background details in Greenpeace's report: "Caught Red Handed".

"Nestlé is using palm oil from destroyed Indonesian rainforests and peatlands, in products like Kit Kat, pushing already endangered orang-utans to the brink of extinction and accelerating climate change. This report exposes how Nestlé is sourcing palm oil from suppliers, including Sinar Mas, Indonesia's largest producer of palm oil, which continue to expand into the rainforest and carbon-rich peatlands, as well as into critical orang-utan habitat."