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More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine...

Whale meat fetches record high at Japan auction

Sei whale meat is being sold at a record high in Japan according media reports...

Rescuers find young girl’s body surrounded by dolphins

Reports from South Africa about a tragic drowning off Llandudno beach, Cape Town say that...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...

WDC joins NGOs to lobby Japanese PM as drive hunt season opens today

Today marks the beginning of yet another slaughter season in Japan for hundreds of dolphins.  In Taiji, dolphins are herded into the notorious Cove, where some are hand-picked for a miserable lifetime in captivity, while the rest of their family pod is slaughtered – for a meat market that barely exists. 

In December, Japan will once again send its whaling vessels to Antarctica to slaughter several hundred minke whales in the name of “research”.  Their meat will be destined for the Japan market, although much will be put into cold storage as demand for whale meat is so low.

WDC, along with 22 colleague NGOS from around the world, has signed a letter initiated by Earth Island Institute’s International Marine Mammal Project, calling on Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to end the slaughter of dolphins and whales. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP! Please support our work to end the drive hunts. Sign our petition to stop airlines transporting dolphins, captured during the Taiji hunts, to captive facilities in China, Japan and elsewhere.