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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.

Far from harpoons, whales star in Iceland ecotourism boom

- Iceland's whales have traditionally ended up as steaks on a plate. But times are changing, and as tourists stream to the North Atlantic island, whales are now the stars of a flourishing ecotourism scene.

Sea Shepherd pulls plug on Japan whale hunt

Sydney - Activist group Sea Shepherd on Tuesday pulled the plug on its annual campaign to disrupt Japanese whaling, saying it can no longer match the country's military and economic power.

Whales shrank before populations crashed: study

Paris - The body size of some whale species diminished by several metres decades before 20th-century factory fishing caused their populations to collapse, researchers said Thursday.

Japan kills 333 whales in annual Antarctic hunt

Toukyo - A Japanese whaling fleet returned to port Friday after an annual Antarctic hunt that killed more than 300 of the mammals as Tokyo pursues the programme in defiance of global criticism.

Japan kills 333 whales in annual Antarctic hunt

Toukyo - A Japanese whaling fleet returned to port Friday after an annual Antarctic hunt that killed more than 300 of the mammals as Tokyo pursues the programme in defiance of global criticism.

Japan kills 333 whales in annual Antarctic hunt

Toukyo - A Japanese whaling fleet returned to port Friday after an annual Antarctic hunt that killed more than 300 of the mammals as Tokyo pursues the programme in defiance of global criticism.

Sea Shepherd finds Japanese ship 'with slaughtered whale'

Sydney - A Japanese ship has been caught with a slaughtered whale in the Antarctic in defiance of an international court decision against Tokyo's hunts, activist group Sea Shepherd said Sunday.

Japan, West clash over 'cultural' whale hunts

Portoroz - Japan pleaded with the world's whaling watchdog Wednesday to allow small hunts by coastal communities, arguing that for three decades these groups had been unjustly barred from a traditional source of food.

Whaling nations vote down bid for South Atlantic sanctuary

Portoroz - Whaling nations defeated a renewed bid Tuesday by southern hemisphere states to create an Atlantic sanctuary for the marine mammals hunted to near extinction in the 20th century.

Whalers in crosshairs at international huddle

Paris - More than 80 nations square off in Slovenia next week over the fate of the world's remaining whales, facing a multitude of perils from meat hunters and ship strikes to getting snared in fishing gear.

Ocean warriors unveil new high-speed ship against Japan whalers

Amsterdam - With its distinctive pirate-like flag flying from the mast, the sleek, high-speed concrete grey Ocean Warrior is the latest weapon in a bitter war between marine conservationists and Japan's whaling fleet.

Anti-whalers enlist fast ship to fight off Japanese

Sydney - Marine conservationists announced Tuesday they will for the first time be able to outrun the Japanese whaling fleet in the upcoming annual battle to protect the giant mammals in the icy Southern Ocean.

Japan fleet returns from Antarctic whale hunt

Toukyo - A Japanese whaling fleet returned home Thursday from its annual Antarctic hunt, the government said, a trip that angered environmentalists and nations opposed to the slaughter.

Icelandic whalers suspend hunt, blast Japan

Reykjav - Icelandic whaling giant Hvalur announced Thursday it will not hunt endangered fin whales this year, denouncing restrictive regulations imposed by Japan, its biggest market.

Sea Shepherd struggling to find Japan whaling fleet

Sydney - Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd admitted on Monday it was struggling to find Japanese whaling vessels in the vast Southern Ocean and urged the Australian government to help.

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.
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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
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
Fin Whale
Fin Whale
Lori Mazzuca, AFSC/Kodiak
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
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
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
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
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
Blood pours from the scuppers of a whaling ship
Blood pours from the scuppers of a whaling ship
Guano on flickr
Untitled
ICR
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
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
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
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
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
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
The cove in Taiji  Japan after a dolphin slaughter.
The cove in Taiji, Japan after a dolphin slaughter.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
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
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

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