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Japanese whaling fleet kills 333 minke whales – most of the adult females were pregnant

Australian government critical of Japan’s attempt to avoid court ban on whaling

Australia’s Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt,  has condemned Japanese whaling and the country’s latest attempts to ignore an international court ban on its so-called scientific hunts in the Antarctic. In March 2014, Australia was instrumental in a court action against these ‘research’ hunts. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague ordered Japan to…

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Japan to resume minke whale hunts in the name of research

Japan’s Fisheries Agency has announced plans to hunt whales off the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido in just a few days’ time for research purposes. Up to 51 minke whales could be killed during the hunts, which the Fisheries Agency said would contribute to resource management by looking into whale’s ecology through analysis of stomach…

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Latest Japanese research trip ends with 115 whales dead

Ten weeks of so-called ‘research’ have come to an end in the northwestern Pacific with Japanese hunting ships slaughtering over 100 whales. According to the Japanese Fisheries Agency, 90 sei whales and 25 Bryde’s whales have been taken since the hunts began on June 11th. Despite an international ban on commercial whaling, Japan has continued…

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IWC65 – the good, the bad and the downright ugly

To an outside observer, meetings of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) can look like a throwback to one of Hans Holbein’s 16th century Danse Macabre woodcuts, with most delegates’ overtly ‘respectful‘ interventions a mere varnish on the vainglories of the whalers as they attempt to lay the groundwork to once more pursue whales to the…

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