What the Experts Said
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Press Release, Oct 22, 1997
when ET invented Forensic Whale-saving
New DNA Tests Target Illegal Whaling:
Same-Day DNA Testing Now a Reality
"I'm delighted that Earthtrust is using DNA identification
to provide irrefutable
"Saving Whales with DNA" Project
evidence of the illegal sale of whale meat.
Maybe we can't recreate the dinosaurs - but at least we can use
to save these magnificent mammals who still share our planet.
-Arthur C. Clarke,
Scientist, Inventor, Visionary, and
Senior Earthtrust Advisor
"I am convinced of the efficiency of your technique, using
the DNA to fight the illegal trade of whale meat, and I hope it
will be successfully used. We must seize every opportunity to
defend these majestic creatures, vital to the diversity of our
- Jacques-Yves Cousteau
"The Earthtrust DNA work is perhaps the most innovative
contribution to protection of whales that's happened in years.
It's probably going to emerge as the preeminent tool for exposing
those who seek to destroy whales for profit."
- Sam LaBudde,
"I must say that I've seen nothing move the Japanese pro-whaling
delegation as did Earthtrust's work on whale DNA in the Japanese
markets. Please keep this project going."
- Daniel J. Morast, President
International Wildlife Coalition
"The whole idea of the DNA testing is extremely important
to any sort
of verifiable observation and inspection program."
-Dave Phillips, Executive Director
Earth Island Institute
"This DNA work is one of those things that comes as a surprise
to the commission and totally changes the way in which enforcement
can be done. It is just an extremely good piece of work. It means
basically that pirate whaling has become a hell of a lot more
difficult now than it used to be."
- John Frizell, Director,
Greenpeace International Whale Campaign
"The Earthtrust exposť has proved that japan is awash
in pirate whale meat;
it is vital the work be continued"
- Craig van Note,
"Earthtrust's initiative has been tremendous.
It's had a very big impact, the ripples of which are still going
'round the world.
It was a story waiting to be told and I'm glad Earthtrust was
able to do that."
- Dr Sidney Holt
International Fund for Aniinal Welfare
"Earthtrust is greatly to be commended for its bold initiative
in making DNA analyses of whalemeat sold in Japan. This may
turn out to be the most significant factor of the decade in whale
conservation enforcement. Earthtrust merits the fullest possible
support in continuing to focus on using this new technology to
expose and prevent violations of IWC regulations."
- Robbins Bustow, PhD,
Director Emeritus, Cetacean Society Intemational.
Earthtiust DNA study chosen as one of
the "Best and Worst Events of 1994" -
TIME Magazine, '94 year-end edition
"In the many years that I've known Earthtrust, when it comes
to protecting whales and dolphins of the Earth, no group in the
world has been more effective.
- Dr. Noel Brown, Director,
Regional Office for North America,
United Nations Environmental Program
"This is thrilling!"
- Steve Galster, Director
Windward Environmental Center
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