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Japan fisherman catch first whales as commercial hunts resume

Kushiro - Japanese whalers brought ashore their first catches Monday as they resumed commercial hunting after a three-decade hiatus, brushing aside criticism from activists who say the practice is cruel and outdated.

Whaling ships set sail as Japan resumes commercial hunts

Kushiro - Whaling ships set sail on Monday from Japan as the country resumed commercial hunts for the first time in decades after withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission.

Japan to resume commercial whaling after decades-long ban

Kushiro - Japanese fishermen will set sail on Monday to hunt whales commercially for the first time in more than three decades, after Tokyo's controversial decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission.

Iceland will skip whaling this year: company

Reykjav - No whales will be harpooned off the waters around Iceland this year, as the island nation's two whaling companies have decided to abandon the summer whaling season for the first time in 17 years.

Activists petition court to halt Japan dolphin hunt

Apo - Campaigners on Friday urged a court in Japan to halt so-called "drive hunting" of dolphins in the country as part of an unprecedented lawsuit that argues the practice violates Japanese law.

Canada's Trudeau raps Japan PM on whale hunt

Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday took issue with Japan's plan to resume commercial whaling in a telephone call with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

Japan bolts whaling commission, but tensions may ease

Washington - Japan has made good on years of threats by bolting the International Whaling Commission, but its decision may also offer a way out of tensions that looked inextricable.

Japan to resume commercial whaling after IWC withdrawal

Apo - Japan said Wednesday it is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission and will resume commercial whaling next year, sparking criticism from activists and anti-whaling countries including Australia.

Japan's commercial whaling bid blocked at IWC

Florianopolis - Japan's determined bid to return to commercial whale hunting was blocked by anti-whaling nations in a tense vote Friday at the International Whaling Commission meeting in Brazil.

IWC passes Brazil project to protect whales

Florianopolis - Tempers flared at the International Whaling Commission on Thursday as it voted to back a Brazilian proposal which would safeguard the marine mammals in perpetuity, after a bitter debate.

IWC passes Brazil project to protect whales

Florianopolis - Tempers flared at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) on Thursday as it voted to back a Brazilian proposal which would safeguard whales in perpetuity, after a bitter debate.

IWC passes Brazil project to protect whales

Florianopolis - Tempers flared at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) on Thursday as it voted to back a Brazilian proposal which would safeguard whales in perpetuity, after a bitter debate.

Whale meet nations in flare up over Brazil project

Florianopolis - Supporters and opponents of whale hunting were at loggerheads late Wednesday at a meeting of the 89-nation International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Brazil.

IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts -- with new quotas

Florianopolis - The International Whaling Commission on Wednesday cast a rare strong vote in favor of whale hunting -- but strictly for small subsistence hunts undertaken by some communities, mostly in the Arctic.

IWC vote backs new quotas for aboriginal whale hunts

Florianopolis - In a rare moment Wednesday, the International Whaling Commission voted overwhelmingly to back whale hunting, but strictly for small subsistence hunts undertaken by some communities, mostly in the Arctic.

Pro-hunting nations block whale sanctuary bid

Florianopolis - Pro-whaling nations on Tuesday blocked a near two-decade effort to create a South Atlantic haven for the endangered marine mammals, deepening divisions at an already fractious International Whaling Commission meeting in Brazil.

Nations lock horns as whalers, opponents meet in Brazil

Florianopolis - Pro- and anti-whaling nations locked horns Monday as the International Whaling Commission (IWC) began meeting in Brazil amid outrage over Japan's proposal to end a three-decade moratorium on commercial whale hunting.

Nations lock horns as whalers, opponents meet in Brazil

Florianopolis - Pro- and anti-whaling nations locked horns Monday as the International Whaling Commission (IWC) began meeting in Brazil amid outrage over Japan's proposal to end a three-decade old moratorium on commercial whale hunting.

IWC chief says crucial talks could determine whaling's future

Florianopolis - The incoming chairman of the bitterly-divided International Whaling Commission (IWC) said the latest meeting of the 89-member organization on Monday could determine its future as it debates a return to commercial whale hunting.

Pro- and anti- whaling nations set for clash in Brazil

Florianopolis - Nations on either side of the whale hunting debate are set for a standoff as the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meets Monday, with Japan hoping to overturn the 32-year-old ban on commercial whale hunting.

Pro- and anti- whaling nations brace for battle in Brazil

Florianopolis - Pro- and anti-whaling nations are set for a showdown when the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meets in Brazil from Monday as Japan leads an assault on a three-decade old moratorium on commercial whale hunting.

Japan fleet catches 177 whales in latest hunt

Apo - A fleet of Japanese whaling ships caught 177 minke and sei whales during a three-month tour of the northwestern Pacific, the government said Wednesday.

Minke whale hunting ends in Iceland

Reykjav - The controversial hunt for minke whales in Iceland has come to end after declining profits led to the local industry closing, the International Fund for Animal Welfare said on Friday.

Faroese whaling 'ecological', 'respectful': minister

T - For centuries, the Faroe Islands have hunted pilot whales in ritual fashion, herding them into shallow waters to beach them before stabbing them with knives, turning the water a bloody red.

Japan whale hunt killed 122 pregnant minkes

Apo - Japan killed 122 pregnant minke whales during a highly controversial annual whaling expedition that Tokyo defends as scientific research but conservationists call "gruesome and unnecessary".

Japan whalers return from Antarctic hunt after killing 333 whales

Apo - Japanese whaling vessels returned to port on Saturday after catching more than 300 of the mammals in the Antarctic Ocean without facing any protests by anti-whaling groups, officials said.

Japan seeks upgraded whaling ship as PM vows to continue hunts

Toukyo - Japan is considering upgrading its ageing lead whaling ship, a fisheries official said Wednesday, as the prime minister vowed to continue the country's controversial Antarctic hunts despite international protests.

International call for Japan to halt Antarctic whaling

Wellington - The European Union and 12 other nations condemned Japan's Antarctic whaling programme Monday, rejecting Tokyo's argument that the annual slaughter is for scientific research.

Graphic Australian video of Japanese whaling released

Sydney - Activist group Sea Shepherd on Tuesday released graphic video of Japanese fishermen harpooning whales in the Southern Ocean after a long battle with the Australian government to make the images public.

Japanese whalers head to Antarctic

Toukyo - Japanese whaling vessels left port Thursday for an annual hunting voyage in the Antarctic, this time to kill 333 minke whales, despite international calls to stop the practice.
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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
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
One of the Faroe Islands  Koltur is located to the west of Streymoy. Abandoned in the 1980s by sheep...
One of the Faroe Islands, Koltur is located to the west of Streymoy. Abandoned in the 1980s by sheep farmers, two people returned there in 1994 to restore the village.
Hans Peter Roth
Whale bone jaws on West Cliff  Whitby
Whale bone jaws on West Cliff, Whitby
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
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
Blood pours from the scuppers of a whaling ship
Blood pours from the scuppers of a whaling ship
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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
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A whale and calf being loaded aboard a factory ship  the Nisshin Maru. The sign above the slipway re...
A whale and calf being loaded aboard a factory ship, the Nisshin Maru. The sign above the slipway reads, "Legal research under the ICRW". Australia released this photo to challenge that claim.
Customs and Border Protection Service, Commonwealth of Australia (CC BY-SA 3.0 AU)
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and Income from
By-Products of
Scientific Whaling
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This chart shows the cost and Income from By-Products of Scientific Whaling by Institute of Cetacean Research
IFAW
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
In this file photo captured short-finned pilot whales are seen on the deck of a whaling ship at Taij...
In this file photo captured short-finned pilot whales are seen on the deck of a whaling ship at Taiji Port in Japan's oldest whaling village of Taiji, 420 km (260 miles) southwest of Tokyo
With permission by Reuters / Issei Kato
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
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
Anonymous warns the Japanese Government   it would be smart to expect us.
Anonymous warns the Japanese Government, "it would be smart to expect us."
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The cove in Taiji  Japan after a dolphin slaughter.
The cove in Taiji, Japan after a dolphin slaughter.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

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