Jonah Lomu tackles Japan

Date: 1/12/2007

In the fight to end Pacific whaling Rugby legend Jonah Lomu launched a high-profile campaign against whaling in his native Tonga. King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV banned whaling in the Kingdom nearly 30 years ago. The subsequent development of a whale sanctuary has led to the Kingdom’s highly successful whale watching industry worth several million dollars a year. Tonga’s efforts to preserve cetaceans both by enacting appropriate legislations and creating a safe environment for them in its territorial waters has been praised by conservationists and anti-whaling campaigners worldwide. Conservationists hope that the ‘Jonah and the Whale’ campaign will give a much needed fillip to their campaign in terms of spreading greater awareness within the Islands region.

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