Cetacean Society International

Whales Alive! - Vol. IX No. 2 - April 2000

CITES, IWC and CSI: Help Us Get There

CSI has only one fund-raising drive a year, unlike almost all other non-profit organizations. We ask for your direct support to save whales at the annual meetings of the Conference on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the International Whaling Commission. This appeal is about teamwork, and about asking you to be a part of CSI's team. We have the best core team imaginable, but we need you on it as well.

As you read this, CSI Board Member Kate O'Connell is in Nairobi, Kenya, representing CSI at the CITES 11th Conference of the Parties (COP11) until its conclusion on 20 April. Kate is a legend within whale conservation circles, with an unrivaled level of experience and knowledge that has come through years of dedicated and sacrificial effort. She represents the UK based Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society in the U.S. Please see Kate's CITES article elsewhere in this newsletter.

At the IWC meeting this June in Australia CSI will be well represented by Heather Rockwell, Assistant Director of the International Wildlife Coalition in Massachusetts. Heather brings extraordinary skills and experience to IWC issues and is our core in a team effort with other organization's representatives, including José Truda Pallazo, CSI's Representative in Brazil, and CSI Board Member Nancy Azzam representing the Windstar Foundation. That is our core team, and we are very fortunate to have them. So are you. So are the whales.

Please consider even a small donation to CSI to support our IWC efforts. We know that the whaling threats may sound strident and similar every year and you may wonder if it will ever end. It will certainly end if we give up. Look through all the issues to the reasons why you care about whales, and why you joined CSI. We won't quit, and we hope your support won't either. The whales deserve your support. Send donations to: CSI IWC Campaign, 57 Crossroads Lane, Glastonbury, CT 06033.

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