Posted: April 1st, 2014 | Author: Miya Keji | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, Revolute, Sea Shepherd | Tags: Commercial Whaling, Dolphin Drive Hunt, Drone, Greenpeace, Hard Pill to Swallow, International Whaling Commission, Japan, Japanes Whaling Fleet, Kōban, Minke Whale Population, News, Nicole Montecalvo, Scientific Research, Scientific Whale Research, Scientific Whaling, Sea Shepherd, South Korean Whaling, Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, Standout, Steve Irwin, Taiji, Whale Slaughter, Whaling, 太地町 | Comments Off on Japan Ordered to Stop Whaling Immediately
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 »»»»
Posted: February 5th, 2012 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, News, Revolute, Sea Shepherd | Tags: Dolphin Drive Hunt, International Whaling Commission, Kōban, Sea Shepherd, Taiji, 太地町 | Comments Off on Fight to End Japan’s Ritualistic Dolphin Slaughter
Much attention has been paid to Japan’s seasonal hunt for whales in the Antarctic oceans, while the anti whaling movement has garnered global media coverage, another hunt for marine mammals is in full swing – almost unnoticed – along Japan’s own shores.
Taiji has long been well known as a whaling town and spearheaded the development of more sophisticated traditional whaling techniques in the 17th century. In 1988, a ruling by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) caused Taiji to suspend commercial whaling. However, the town continues to hunt small whales and dolphins. Taiji’s annual dolphin hunt is a subject of controversy and the town faces continued pressure from protest groups.
Each year Japanese fishermen harvest around 20,000 dolphins and small whales as part of what they say is a centuries-old tradition. The biggest hunt is in Taiji 太地町, a small town – population 3,225 – on the Pacific west coast of Japan.
Sea Shepherd says that it has a permanent team protesting the annual slaughter of dolphins, porpoises, and small whales. Starting on September 1st and usually continuing through March of the next year, Sea Shepherd holds a vigilant watch and interrupt over these horrifying proceedings.
This annual slaughter of dolphins was virtually unknown until 2003 when Sea Shepherd globally released covertly-obtained film and photographs of the now infamous “Bloody Cove” in a village called Taiji. Starting in 2010 and continuing to this day, Sea Shepherd has a ongoing presence of volunteers standing watch on site at the Cove. They are The Cove Guardians. Read the full article »»»»