Target: Mayor of Dumanjug, Nelson Garcia
Goal: Retract statements advocating for the killing of dolphins and whales in the Tanon Strait.
The mayor of a town in the Philippines suggested the killing of dolphins and whales to reduce the competition for fisherman. Nelson Garcia, mayor of Dumanjug, made the statements in a meeting that involved future plans for managing the nearby Tanon Strait, a protected seascape between the provinces of Cebu and Negros.
The formal meeting had numerous environmentalists and scientists in attendance, as well as other government officials from the island of Cebu. After the meeting, Garcia gave sideline interviews to reporters and said that, “the whales are competing with the fishermen. Right now, I allow. If they catch a whale, kill the whale. Why not?”
The reporters were quick to remind Garcia that killing dolphins, whales, and whale sharks is illegal in the Philippines. Garcia then used the Bible to justify his statements and said,“man should be the first to survive, not the whales, not the fish because we will be violating the Bible. God said man have dominion over the ocean, the fishes, the birds, the animals and subdue it. That is the order of God.”
Mayor Garcia conveniently ignored the scientific studies that have come out which confirm that dolphins and whales result in healthier oceans. In addition to this, his statements regarding humans being so much more important to other species is ridiculous because it suggests that we can disregard their well-being for our own simply because it is beneficial to humans. Local fisherman are doing just fine and we do not need to eradicate dolphins and whales to erase the competition.
Suggesting that we kill dolphins and whales just because they provide competition to local fisherman is absurd. Please sign the petition below to condemn Mayor Nelson Garcia’s remarks.
Dear Mayor Nelson Garcia,
Your recent remarks suggesting that we should kill dolphins and whales to eradicate competition to local fisherman are dangerous and troubling. The killing of dolphins and whales is a punishable offense in the Philippines.
Scientific studies have come out that confirm how dolphins and whales contribute to a healthy ocean. Backing up your remarks by quoting the Bible and stating that humans are more important than any other species is disturbing. We cannot disregard the well-being of other species just because it benefits humans.
Killing dolphins and whales to simply erase the competition for fisherman is wrong and I hope that you change your stance regarding this issue. The mass killing of these creatures is prevalent in other parts of the world and we do not need to add the province of Cebu to this list.
[Your Name Here]
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