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: July 9th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, News, Revolute, Sea Shepherd | Tags: Greenpeace, International Whaling Commission, Minke Whale Population, Scientific Whaling, South Korean Whaling, Whaling | Comments Off on UPDATED! 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 »»»»
Posted: June 13th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, News | Tags: Dolphin and Whale Action Network, ICR Whaling Fleet, Institute of Cetacean Research, International Whaling Commission, Japan Whale Meat | Comments Off on Japan Fails To Sell Whale Meat
Japan’s whaling research body has failed to sell the bulk of meat harvested from its last round of what it calls research whaling, despite inviting bids months ago. A report released by Japan’s Dolphin and Whale Action Network reveals there have been 13 rounds of public auctions for the whale meat, but 900 tonnes of the meat has failed to sell. That’s three-quarters of all the meat harvested from the last round of so-called scientific research whaling in the north-west Pacific.
Since the International Whaling Commission’s – IWC – moratorium on commercial whaling went into effect in 1986 Japan has continued to hunt whales using the scientific research provision in the agreement. Japans whale hunts are a source of conflict between pro and anti-whaling countries and organizations. Nations, scientists and environmental organizations opposed to whaling consider the Japanese research program to be unnecessary at best and a thinly disguised commercial whaling operation at worst.
Japanese whaling is currently conducted by the Institute of Cetacean Research. The meat from these scientific whale hunts is then sold in shops and restaurants. This is allowed under IWC rules, although most IWC members oppose it. The meat sales are supposed to help cover the cost of the whaling fleet. Japanese taxpayers have been subsidising the fleet for years because few people eat the meat.
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 »»»»