September 13, 2003
Marilyn Joyce, Marine Mammals Coordinator, Pacific Region
Fisheries and Oceans Canada was interviewed about Luna last night on this popular radio program.
As It Happens airs nationally in Canada on CBC Radio 1 and in many markets in the United States on National Public Radio.
To listen to the interview, click the URL above. Then click Part 1. The Luna part of the program starts at about 18:40 into the show, so you will need to move your Real Player timer forward to this time.
As It Happens has a "Talk Back" line where users can call in and voice their opinions on the stories that they hear. We encourage you to call in and support Luna's reunification. If you are not sure what you want to say, here are some things you may want to say include:
- many members of the Scientific Panel have stated publicly that they support reunification
- a poll by a Victoria TV station showed that 90% of people believe that Luna should be moved home
- the argument that Luna will have a tougher chance of reunification because he has been away from his family is unfounded because scientific evidence suggests that there is no reason to believe that he will not remember his family
- Luna's mother is alive which makes it more likely that he will be re-accepted to his pod (Springer's mother is dead but her extended family has accepted her)
- last year, Springer's pod kept her away from boats once she was reunited with her family; there were only a few Springer/boat incidents reported publicly and these only lasted for a few days after Springer returned to her pod
Please call Talk Back at 416-205-3331 (when you call, you will leave a recording); remember to prepare ahead of time and know what you want to say. Be polite and thoughtful and you may hear yourself on national radio!