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Australia 'disappointed' at Japan whaling: Turnbull

Toukyo - Australia is "very disappointed" at Tokyo's decision to resume whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Friday as he readied for talks with Japanese premier Shinzo Abe.

Pressure mounts on Australia PM over Japan whaling

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull vowed Wednesday to raise whaling in meetings with Japan's leader Shinzo Abe this week as environmentalists urged him to pressure Tokyo to halt this season's hunt.

Conservationists flag legal action over Japan whale hunt

Sydney - Japan was facing mounting condemnation Tuesday over its decision to resume killing whales in Antarctica, with conservationists saying it was open to another legal challenge.

Japan says to resume whaling, fleet sails to Antarctic Tuesday

Toukyo - Japan will dispatch a whaling fleet to the Antarctic on Tuesday after a one year suspension, the government said, defying international criticism and a UN legal ruling that the "research" expedition is a commercial hunt in disguise.

Sea Shepherd warns Japan against resuming whaling

Sydney - Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd warned Japan on Sunday against resuming "research" whaling in the Antarctic and called on the Australian government to intervene.

Japan to resume 'research' whaling in Antarctic: Media

Toukyo - Japan will resume "research" whaling in the Antarctic by the end of March next year, local media reported Saturday, despite a call by global regulators for more evidence that the expeditions have a scientific purpose.

Japanese town's controversial dolphin hunt begins

Toukyo - A small Japanese town began its controversial dolphin hunt on Thursday after bad weather delayed the start, according to a local fisheries official, while a separate whaling hunt was due to start at the weekend.

Japan to defy world opinion, set to begin whaling in Antarctic Special

Going against the tide of public opinion and an international court ruling, Japan's whaling boats will head for the Southern Ocean. A chief negotiator for whaling decisions told reporters that the country will resume whaling in Antarctica in Dec. 2015.

Japan confirms plan to resume whale hunt

Toukyo - Japan's chief whaling negotiator confirmed Monday its ships would return to the Antarctic this year, despite a call by global regulators to provide more evidence that the hunt has a scientific purpose.

Japan must do more to justify whaling plans: IWC

London - The International Whaling Commission (IWC) on Friday demanded that Japan provide more information to prove that its revised Antarctic whaling programme was for scientific research, saying it could not reach a consensus based on documents submitted.

IWC talks on Japanese whaling 'constructive'

Los Angeles - Talks at which Japan pressed its case for pursuing whaling despite a landmark UN court ruling were described as "constructive," as a meeting of scientific experts wrapped up in California.

Pippa Middleton slammed for eating whale meat

Pippa Middleton, who is famous for being the sister of Kate Middleton, has been criticized for eating whale meat and then writing about how much she enjoyed it.

Japan whaling ships set out for Antarctic — to count, not hunt

Toukyo - Japanese whaling ships set sail for the Antarctic on Thursday on the look out for whales, but only to count them and take skin samples, after a UN court ordered an end to the annual hunt.

Op-Ed: Faroe Islands — Foreign activists provoke patriotic reaction Special

The radical actions of foreign opponents to the pilot whale hunt serve to trigger patriotic counter-actions in the Faroe Islands. The majority of Faroese critics of the drive hunts agree the behaviour of many foreign activists is counter-productive.

Whaling meeting heaps pressure on Japan - but rejects sanctuary bid

Portoroz - The world's whaling watchdog agreed Thursday to toughen scrutiny of Antarctic hunts which Japan conducts in the name of science, but rejected a bid to expand protection in the South Atlantic.

Whaling: Greenland hunt gets okay, Iceland blasted

Portoroz - The International Whaling Commission (IWC) gave aboriginal Greenlanders the go-ahead Monday to kill hundreds of whales even as Iceland came under fire for contravening a ban on commercial hunting.

Op-Ed: From the Faroese perspective – the pilot whale hunt Special

Cooperation rather than confrontation – in this way, whale defenders and the Faroese might jointly contribute to an accelerated end to the pilot whale hunt. Here are some local points of view on it.

Whaling dominates Japan PM's New Zealand trip

Auckland - The thorny issue of whaling dominated Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe's whistlestop trip to New Zealand Monday, with Prime Minister John Key saying they had agreed to disagree on the matter.

Japan PM vows efforts to resume commercial whale hunt

Tokyo - Japan's prime minister told parliament Monday he would boost his efforts towards restarting commercial whaling, despite a top UN court's order that Tokyo must stop killing whales in the Antarctic.

Japan kicks off first whale hunt since UN court ruling

- A Japanese whaling fleet left port Saturday under tight security, marking the first hunt since the UN's top court last month ordered Tokyo to stop killing whales in the Antarctic.

Japan to redesign Antarctic whale hunt after UN court ruling

Tokyo - Japan said Friday it would redesign its controversial Antarctic whaling mission in a bid to make it more scientific, after a United Nations court ruled it was a commercial hunt masquerading as research.

Japan e-commerce giant Rakuten halts whale meat sales

Tokyo - Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten said Friday it has told online retailers to stop selling whale meat after a UN court ordered an end to the country's Antarctic whale hunt.

Japan cancels next Antarctic whaling hunt

Tokyo - Japan is cancelling its next Antarctic whaling hunt for the first time in more than 25 years, an official said Thursday, just days after the UN's International Court of Justice ordered an end to the controversial practice.

Japan loses whaling case in international court

Rejecting claims that its practice of slaughtering whales is for scientific purposes, the International Court of Justice has ordered a temporary halt to Japan's Antarctic whaling program.

Fears Japan may sidestep whaling ban

The Hague - Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday hailed a landmark court decision that Japan must halt an annual Antarctic whale hunt despite fears it may try to sidestep the order.

UN top court to rule on Japan whale hunt in Antarctic

The Hague - The UN's top International Court of Justice will rule Monday whether Japan has the right to hunt whales in the Antarctic, in an emotive case activists say is make-or-break for the giant mammal's future.

Sea Shepherd campaigners return after anti-whaling mission

Hobart - Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd have returned to land after their longest-ever anti-whaling campaign in the Southern Ocean, claiming to have saved more than 750 whales in their annual high seas showdown with Japanese whalers.

Sea Shepherd claims Japan whalers attacked its vessels

Sydney - Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd claimed Monday that Japanese whalers attacked its vessels in the Southern Ocean, and accused the Australian government of "broken promises" to monitor whaling operations.Sea Shepherd said Japanese harpoon ships...

New Zealand hauls in Japan ambassador over whaling row

Wellington - New Zealand on Monday called in Tokyo's ambassador to protest about a Japanese whaling ship entering its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), escalating a diplomatic row over the incident.

Whale hunt is on as Japanese whaling ships set sail for Antarctic

Using a clause in the International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium rules, Japan continues to engage in whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, under the guise of the Institute of Cetacean Research. The meat from this research is then sold in Japanese shops.
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A captured short-finned pilot whale is measured by fishery workers including Fisheries Agency employ...
A captured short-finned pilot whale is measured by fishery workers including Fisheries Agency employees at Taiji Port in Japan's oldest whaling village of Taiji, 420 km (260 miles) southwest of Tokyo
With permission by Reuters / Issei Kato
Pantropical spotted dolphin. A pod numbering 98 dolphins were slaughtered in the cove on Sunday.
Pantropical spotted dolphin. A pod numbering 98 dolphins were slaughtered in the cove on Sunday.
NOAA
The pod of bottlenose dolphins currently awaiting their fate in Taiji s cove. The sign in front decl...
The pod of bottlenose dolphins currently awaiting their fate in Taiji's cove. The sign in front declared the mammals to be the property of Taiji Fisherman's Union.
Heather Hill/Save Japan Dolphins
A whale is captured by the Yushin Maru  a Japanese harpoon vessel.
Photo taken as evidence on Feb. ...
A whale is captured by the Yushin Maru, a Japanese harpoon vessel. Photo taken as evidence on Feb. 6, 2008.
Customs and Border Protection Service, Commonwealth of Australia
Norway sets an established quota of 1286 minke whales for the 2012 season.
Norway sets an established quota of 1286 minke whales for the 2012 season.
André-Philippe D. Picard
Land-based whale watching on the West side of Streymoy  the main island of the Faroes.
Land-based whale watching on the West side of Streymoy, the main island of the Faroes.
Sasha Abdolmajid
Whale meat at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo  Japan.
Whale meat at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan.
Stefan Powell
August 2014 - Clyde River  Nunavut (Canada) celebrates the harvest of a bowhead whale. The pregnant ...
August 2014 - Clyde River, Nunavut (Canada) celebrates the harvest of a bowhead whale. The pregnant whale took almost two painful hours to die.
Screenshot
Blood pours from the scuppers of a whaling ship
Blood pours from the scuppers of a whaling ship
Guano on flickr
The cove in Taiji  Japan after a dolphin slaughter.
The cove in Taiji, Japan after a dolphin slaughter.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Picture taken Sept. 2012 by Planet Whale s research team on the island of Suðuroy. This female orca...
Picture taken Sept. 2012 by Planet Whale's research team on the island of Suðuroy. This female orca has been identified and named as "Cristina."
Mark Hosford, Planet Whale
Whaling in the Faroe Islands (Grindadráp) in Hvalba. Strict regulations govern the pilot whale hunt...
Whaling in the Faroe Islands (Grindadráp) in Hvalba. Strict regulations govern the pilot whale hunts. Over a 1000 whales are killed annually.
Erik Christensen- Wikipedia
The Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru docks in Shimonoseki  Japan  having just returned from its la...
The Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru docks in Shimonoseki, Japan, having just returned from its last so-called "scientific"whaling expedition to the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary.
Courtesy of Greenpeace International
A Minke whale and her 1-year-old calf are dragged aboard the Nisshin Maru  a Japanese whaling vessel...
A Minke whale and her 1-year-old calf are dragged aboard the Nisshin Maru, a Japanese whaling vessel that is the world's only factory ship. The wound that is visible on the calf's side was reportedly caused by an explosive-packed harpoon.
Customs and Border Protection Service, Commonwealth of Australia
Amazon.com confirms a ban on the sale of whale meat.
Amazon.com confirms a ban on the sale of whale meat.
B.D. Padgett
Whale bone jaws on West Cliff  Whitby
Whale bone jaws on West Cliff, Whitby
44 activists from the Greenpeace ships Esperanza and Arctic Sunrise appeal for help in their campaig...
44 activists from the Greenpeace ships Esperanza and Arctic Sunrise appeal for help in their campaign to end whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, by spelling out the words `Help End Whaling!’ using their bodies.
Greenpeace International
This chart shows the cost
and Income from
By-Products of
Scientific Whaling
by Institute of
Cetacean...
This chart shows the cost and Income from By-Products of Scientific Whaling by Institute of Cetacean Research
IFAW
A Minke whale and her 1-year-old calf are dragged aboard the Nisshin Maru  a Japanese whaling vessel...
A Minke whale and her 1-year-old calf are dragged aboard the Nisshin Maru, a Japanese whaling vessel. Photo taken Feb. 6, 2008.
Customs and Border Protection Service, Commonwealth of Australia
These bottlenose dolphins captured in the cove last season  were slaughtered.
These bottlenose dolphins captured in the cove last season, were slaughtered.
Heather Hill/Save Japan Dolphins