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Please get in touch with the contacts below and protest this barbaric event.<br><br><br><br>
Begin forwarded message:<br><br><br><br><br><br>
From: "helenandsteve2003" <[email protected]><br><br>
Date: June 15, 2006 9:16:57 AM EDT<br><br>
Subject: MA Sharks Need You NOW!!<br><br><br><br>
As many of you know, and we have posted about before, there is an<br><br>
annual shark killing the tournament held annually in July on<br><br>
Martha's Vineyard. Just take a peek at this Globe photo:<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br><br>
for some idea of what is going on here.<br><br>
This controversial Oak Bluffs Monster Shark Tournament resurfaced at<br><br>
a meeting of the Oak Bluffs selectmen Tuesday night over a proposal<br><br>
to gauge voter support for the tournament by placing a nonbinding<br><br>
referendum question on an August 8 special election ballot.<br><br><br><br>
In a 2-2 vote that reflected traditional voting alliances, selectmen<br><br>
Roger Wey and Kerry Scott split with selectman Gregory Coogan and<br><br>
chairman Duncan Ross on a motion by Mr. Wey to put a nonbinding<br><br>
referendum on the special election ballot. (As far as we can tell at<br><br>
this point Wey and Scott are for letting residents decide and Coogan<br><br>
and Ross are for keeping the tournament as is with no official<br><br>
public vote.)<br><br><br><br>
The board has been operating with only four members following the<br><br>
resignation of selectman Michael Dutton on May 22. The August 8<br><br>
special election was called to fill Mr. Dutton's vacant seat.<br><br><br><br>
For now, we ask you to write and call the following contacts to call<br><br>
for the canceling of this terrible shark hunt. More action will no<br><br>
doubt be needed in the very near future because we have contacted as<br><br>
many folks as we could for more info. If you have any, let us know<br><br>
Contact Oak Bluffs Selectmen's Office administrator, Alice Butler,<br><br>
here: <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a> and by telephone (508-693-3554).<br><br>
Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce: <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a> <[email protected]><br><br>
and call Gary Cogley, 1-800-505-4815.<br><br><br><br>
Phone numbers we could find: Gary Coogan, Chair, 693-1715; fax 693-<br><br>
7736; Kerry Scott, 696-7100. Please call and at least leave a<br><br>
Form letter/talking points:<br><br><br><br><br><br>
As a MA resident, until you stop the Oak Bluffs Monster Shark<br><br>
Tournament I will not visit Martha's Vineyard and I will tell all my<br><br>
friends and associates about this terrible hunt. It is a cruel and<br><br>
environmentally irresponsible event that jeopardizes the reputation<br><br>
of Martha's Vineyard.<br><br><br><br>
The undeniably cruel killing methods used and the gory displays of<br><br>
shark corpses on the docks of Oak Bluffs are appalling.<br><br><br><br>
Furthermore, despite the claims of Massachusetts state shark<br><br>
biologists, the tournament doesn't help scientists understand shark<br><br>
populations. It only damages those populations. sharks have far more<br><br>
to fear from humans than people do from these legendary fish. The<br><br>
United Nations estimates that more than 100 million sharks are<br><br>
killed each yearwhether as a target of commercial shark fisheries<br><br>
or as bycatch from other fisheriesand studies show that shark<br><br>
populations have declined by 90% around the world in the last 50<br><br>
Thank you for your consideration.<br><br>
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