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Humpback whale rescued from shark net in Australia

A humpback whale and her calf have managed to escape after becoming entangled in a...
Humpback whales in Alaska

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

We are excited to announce backing for two ground-breaking research projects to assess the little...
Amazon River dolphin (Boto)

River dolphins observed playing with anaconda

Researchers in Bolivia recorded an unusual interaction between local rivers dolphins and an anaconda snake...
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Dolphin pens identified at Russian naval base

Analysis of satellite imagery suggests that Russia may be using military dolphins at its naval...
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Minke whale hunts stop in Iceland

Iceland’s commercial hunt of minke whales has ended for this year. The common minke whale is the...
Port River dolphins

New report reveals 100,000 dolphins and small whales hunted every year

When you hear the words ‘dolphin hunts’ it’s likely that you think of Japan or...

End the whale hunts! Icelandic fin whaler isolated as public mood shifts

Here’s a sight I hoped never again to witness. A boat being scrubbed and repainted...

Australian Government to block Japanese whaling proposal

Japanese Government officials have reportedly confirmed that they will propose the resumption of commercial whaling...

Pregnant whales once again a target for Japanese whalers

Figures from Japan's whaling expedition to Antarctica during the 2017/18 austral summer have revealed that...

Did Icelandic whalers really kill a blue whale?

*Warning - this blog contains an image that you may find upsetting* They say a...

Icelandic whalers breach international law and kill iconic, protected whale by mistake

Icelandic whalers out hunting fin whales for the first time in three years appear to...

Doubts remain after Icelandic Marine Institute claims slaughtered whale was a hybrid not a blue

Experts remain sceptical of initial test results issued by the Icelandic Marine Institute, which indicate...

Japan set to resume commercial whaling

Reports from Japan suggest that the government they will formally propose plans to resume commercial...

Norway increases whaling quota despite declining demand

Norway's government has announced an increase in the number of minke whales that can be...

Icelandic fin whale hunting to resume

Iceland’s only fin whaling company, Hvalur hf,  announced today that it will resume fin whaling...

SOS alert for whales off Norway!

I have to admit to bitter disappointment when I arrived in Tromsø, northern Norway, a...

EU says Japan's whaling won't stop trade deal

In October 2016, WDC and Care2 represented almost 270,000 EU citizens when we submitted a petition to the European Parliament. The petition called on the EU to raise the issue of whaling in its trade negotiations with Japan and to say ‘no’ to a Free Trade Agreement while Japan kills whales.

In June last year, MEPs echoed our campaign and voted overwhelmingly in support of stronger EU measures against Japanese whaling.

We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to those of you who added your voice to our campaign. 

The EU Commission has now considered our petition and has responded.  But, sadly, it has stated that Japan’s whale hunting will not be a factor in the trade deal negotiations.

This is not welcome news. The EU needs to demonstrate that it will use every opportunity to deliver on its public commitments to protect whales. If it doesn’t, the European public will have no choice but to assume that the EU’s conservation policies are trumped by economic imperatives.

On 31 March, 2017 the Japanese fleet returned from the Antarctic, having killed 333 minke whales – 178 females and 155 males.  After the outcry it sparked last year, the Japanese government hasn’t yet released figures on how many of them were pregnant but if we go by the 2016 figures then we can guess that well over 100 of the whales they killed could have been carrying a baby.

The Japanese whaling fleet will shortly start whaling in the North Pacific under a whaling programme condemned by the global community and unsanctioned by the International Whaling Commission (the body that regulates whaling).

According to recent media reports, the Japanese National Diet (parliament) will soon be debating a draft law on whaling, which is calling for ‘stable and continuous research whaling in order to resume commercial whaling and protect the Japanese whale meat food culture’. The Japanese government is also discussing the construction of a new industrial whaling ship.

Given this situation, WDC has written to the EU Commission to urge it to reconsider its position and raise the subject of whaling in the next round of trade talks with Japan.

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