New Zealand All Black Jonah Lomu Appalled at Japanese Plan to Kill Humpbacks!
Just this past Monday, Famous All Black Rugby Player Jonah Lomu along with the International Fund for Animal Welfare's Asia Pacific Country Director Mick McIntyre attended a reception hosted by Her Royal Highness, Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita of Tonga to launch a new film project called "Jonah and the Whale."
Mr. Lomu is appalled at plans to kill Humpbacks and is passionately leading this project to have pacific island countries do more to protect these magnificent creatures.
"We cannot afford to lose any more humpbacks, either in the Pacific, or in the Antarctic. That is why I am so passionate about this campaign, as I truly believe that this generation is the last hope for our humpback whales," Mr Lomu said.
IFAW issued a statement just prior to the event:
"IFAW research, conducted in partnership with the Tongan Government, Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) and the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium showed that in 1978 the number of mature breeding female humpback whales migrating to Tonga was down to an estimate of only 15."
"Whales are now a centerpiece of Tonga’s tourism industry and Tonga has continued to effectively conserve all cetaceans in its waters through national laws and the responsible actions taken by the Tongan Government to manage whale watching tourism."