Reasons why signing petition is a good idea

Thursday April 16, 2015 Published in Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Don't sign the purse seining petition if you believe purse seining poses no threat to our marine ecosystem.

If however, you can see a very real risk you need to sign the petition against purse seining.

Most have been chatting about this issue for a while now and are signing, but from time to time I come across those who say they agree, but can't sign. Here are their excuses and my replies.

There's no point, government will take no notice anyway. 

"If you don't sign government will take notice alright. They'll count you with those who agree to purse seining."

I don't want government to see my name.

"You live in a democracy where freedom of speech is upheld. You have more to fear from not speaking up."

Government gives our fishing club money so I can't sign.

"Supporting local fishing clubs is just a part of government's job, they are not trying to bully or bribe you into silence."

We're too small to make a difference. 

"The country we are fighting for is around 2 million square kilometers, that's huge! When people around the world see you stand, they will stand with you."

They should take the petition door-to-door.

“In an ideal world this would be great, but there is no magical group who have all the time in the world to get around everyone one by one, so you will need to go to a petition. They’re at some shops and cafes. Weather permitting, there will be petitions to sign at Taputapuatea from 6 to 8pm this Friday, April 17 Bring a mat, drinks, picnic dinner and the family for a relaxing free outdoors movie night.  Also look out for petitions to sign during the protest march next Friday, April 24, at 4:30pm.”

They should tell government to stop it. 

You are ‘they’, so sign the petition and join the march to let government know how you feel. 

And if you take a t-shirt, singlet, pareu or any cotton thing to Te Ipukarea Society office this Thursday (April 16) or Friday between 12 noon and 1:45pm you can get a free print for the march compliments of local artist Ani O’Neill.

If you have a shop, you may like to put a sign over your tin fish display on the day of the march to remind people that we are marching so that they can have tinned fish in the future.

There is no such thing as acceptable losses. To waste a resource is to abuse a precious gift.

Purse seining just takes too much and leaves too little. If we are to have fish in the future then purse seiners must join the whalers in the museum.

To quote from ‘The Lorax’ by Dr Seuss,

'Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.’

June Hosking

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