Norway increases whaling quota despite declining demand

Norway's government has announced an increase in the number of minke whales that can be hunted this year from 999 to 1278.

This is 28% more than in 2017 even though recent years have seen a decline in the number of whales being killed and fewer whaling vessels heading out to sea.

Falling consumer demand and higher fuel prices along with apparent increasing difficulty in finding the whales have all been blamed on the industry's decline.

Iceland: A new dawn for whales and dolphins?

Will 2018 be the year that I can finally visit beautiful Iceland purely as a tourist, rather than a campaigner? Maybe it’s not surprising that this fabled ‘land of fire and ice’ should offer visitors a host of contradictions, but the juxtaposition of whale watching and whale hunting in the same waters is surely one of the most logic-defying examples on the planet?

Hackers target Norway over whale hunts

The international ‘hacktivist’ group, Anonymous, which targets the internet sites of governments and other organisations, has set its sights on Norway in response to the country’s continued commercial whale hunting.

Reports have emerged from Norway that several Norwegian institutions have been targeted by the hackers who usually focus on banks and government or academic institutions.

Whaling footage finally released in Australia after five year campaign

Film footage showing the true horror of Japanese whaling activities in Antarctica has now been made public following a five year struggle in Australia.

The film was recorded in 2008 by a customs official but the Australia Government refused to release it, concerned it would harm diplomatic relations with Japan.

A Freedom of Information request was made to have the film released by environmental groups and the Australian Information Commissioner finally agreed after deciding it would not harm relations.

WDC campaign to stop whaling receives significant boost from EU

WDC's campaign to have Japan's continued whale slaughter raised as part of future trade negotiations between the EU and Japan took a big leap forward today after representatives from WDC were invited to address the EU’s own petitions committee.

International wildlife convention decision could lead to more endangered whale deaths

Japan’s illegal trade in sei whale meat looks set to continue for now following a disappointing decision made at a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

CITES is an international agreement between governments that ensures international trade in specimens of wild animals does not threaten their survival, and it was hoped that Japan’s sei whale slaughter, which violates international regulations, would be ended at its latest Standing Committee meeting.


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