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

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Minke whale hunts stop in Iceland

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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

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Japan set to resume commercial whaling

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

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

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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...

SOS alert for whales off Norway!

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

Norway's whaling season begins

April 1st saw the start of the whaling season in Norway. Despite a widely-accepted international moratorium...

Norway increases whaling quota despite declining demand

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Japan officially re-enforces intention to resume commercial whaling

Following an announcement this week by Japan that it intends upgrading its ageing lead whale hunting ship, Japan’s prime minister has made his intentions clear regarding a desire to resume commercial whaling.

Currently, Japan gets around the international ban on commercial whaling by killing whales under the guise of scientific research despite the fact that this scientific whaling has been heavily criticised by expert scientist at the International Whaling commission (the body that regulates whaling), by the International court of Justice, the EU parliament and by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – the global authority on the status of the natural world. Much of the whale meat from these ‘scientific’ hunts actually ends up on general sale in Japan.

On Wednesday, prime minister, Shinzo Abe confirmed his government’s commitment to an eventual resumption of commercial whaling. When asked to comment on the nation’s policy he told the Japanese parliament; ‘We will pursue all possibilities in order to resume commercial whaling, including opportunities at the September meeting of the IWC.   He then went on to say that he ‘favoured a continuation of Japan’s traditional use of whale meat, fat, and baleen in a sustainable manner based on scientific evidence, just like other marine resources.’

The Japanese whaling fleet left port for Antarctica last November to kill up to 333 Antarctic minke whales by next March for ‘research’. 

 

This announcement comes at a time when the European union is finalising talks on the new Economic Partnership Agreement between the two parties. WDC has been campaigning to make whaling a central part of any trade discussions with Japan and we are continuing to work with, and urge EU Member States and the European Parliament not support the trade agreement whilst Japan continues to slaughter whales. Our campaign took a positive step forward a few weeks ago after representatives from WDC were invited to talk directly with the EU representatives.

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