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Japan Ordered to Stop Whaling Immediately

Posted: April 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, Revolute, Sea Shepherd | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Japan Ordered to Stop Whaling Immediately

Japan Ordered to Stop Whaling Immediately via Australian Customs Services

The International Court of Justice – ICJ –  has ruled Japan must immediately stop its whaling program in the Antarctic. The ICJ’s 16-judge panel ruled 12 votes to four in favour of Australia’s argument that Japan’s whaling program was not in fact designed and carried out for scientific purposes.

The court ruled that Japan must revoke current whaling permits and refrain from issuing any more. Japan has used the 1946 International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, which permits killing for research, to justify killing whales in the Antarctic.

But the court’s judges agreed with Australia that the Japanese research – two peer-reviewed papers since 2005, based on results obtained from just nine killed whales – was not proportionate to the number of animals killed :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATED! Sea Shepherd Heading South

Posted: December 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Revolute, Sea Shepherd | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED! Sea Shepherd Heading South

Sea Shepherd Heading South

Anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd is stepping up pressure on the Federal Government to send an Australian customs vessel to the Southern Ocean this summer. The organisation says it has had word the Japanese whaling ship, the Nisshin Maru, is preparing to depart port any day.

This year a crew of 100 people from over 20 countries will be on board Sea Shepherd’s three vessels. The Sea Shepherd fleet is in the final stages of preparation for the voyage, but has not yet heard whether a Customs vessel will be following it south :: Read the full article »»»»


Japan Halts Whale Hunting

Posted: February 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Revolute, Sea Shepherd | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Japan Halts Whale Hunting

Sea ShepherdAnti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd are claiming victory after Japan temporarily suspended its annual whale hunt in the Southern Ocean.

The anti-whaling group claimed two of its boats, the Steve Irwin and the Bob Barker, were rammed by a Japanese ship in Australian Antarctic waters. It said the attacks happened after they were ordered to leave the area by one of the boats in the Japanese whaling fleet.

It also claimed armed Japanese coastguards threw “concussion grenades” at activists on the ships. Japan’s fisheries agency has denied those reports, but confirmed that one of its factory ships, the Nisshin Maru, rammed two boats belonging to Sea Shepherd.

Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research has announced it has stopped work for the time being because it is too difficult to refuel. However, it said the clashes happened after activists came too close to a Japanese vessel which was refuelling :: Read the full article »»»»


Sea Shepherd Skipper Back Onboard

Posted: December 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Revolute, Sea Shepherd | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sea Shepherd Skipper Back Onboard

Sea Shepherd Back Onboard

Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson, who is wanted by Interpol, has confirmed he is back onboard a vessel and ready to confront Japanese whalers. The Canadian conservationist’s whereabouts have been a mystery since July when he jumped bail in Germany, where he was arrested on charges stemming from a high-seas confrontation over shark finning in 2002 :: Read the full article »»»»


Interpol Issues Arrest Warrant for Sea Sheperds Paul Watson

Posted: August 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Revolute, Sea Shepherd | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Interpol Issues Arrest Warrant for Sea Sheperds Paul Watson

Interpol Issues Arrest Warrant for Sea Sheperds Paul Watson

Interpol has issued an arrest alert for the founder of the conservation group Sea Shepherd. Paul Watson skipped bail in Germany last month after being arrested in Frankfurt on a warrant from Costa Rica.

Watson is wanted in Germanyon charges relating to a 2002 confrontation over shark finning.

Mr Watson’s current whereabouts is unknown. But he has previously said he fled Germany because the authorities there were considering handing him over to Japan. Mr Watson accuses Tokyo of hunting him down in revenge for Sea Shepherd’s attacks on Japanese whaling ships.


UPDATED! South Korea Plans to Re-start Scientific Whaling

Posted: July 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, News, Revolute, Sea Shepherd | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED! South Korea Plans to Re-start Scientific Whaling

South Korea Plans to Re-start Scientific Whaling

UPDATE! 12 July 2012: South Korea has scrapped plans to restart so called scientific whaling.

9 July 2012: Twenty-six years after a global moratorium on commercial whaling was put in place, South Korea’s decision to resume hunting whales for scientific research has dismayed environmental campaigners and stunned other members of the International Whaling Commission.

South Korea’s plans to start a so-called scientific whaling program have been widely condemned by politicians and environmental groups. South Korean delegates confirmed the plan to kill whales in coastal waters at a meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Panama this morning, saying they wanted to start hunting minke whales under a loophole that allows the killing of whales for scientific research.

They said fishermen had been calling for the whales to be killed because “an increasing number of minke whales are eating away large amount of fish stocks which should be consumed by human being.” At the sometimes heated talks, South Korea said it would announce later how many whales it would kill and when, but insisted that it did not need foreign approval.

Whale meat remains highly popular along the east coast of South Korea, which maintained a large whaling fleet based in the southeastern port of Ulsan until the moratorium on commercial whaling was put in place in 1986. Last year, South Korean fishermen accounted for 21 out of the 23 cases of illegal whaling reported to the IWC :: Read the full article »»»»