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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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Miwa Suzuki (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Shingo Ito (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Shigemi SATO (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Jan Hennop (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

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...
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 1 comment

Japan v Australia whaling case in The Hague — Watch live

The Hague - Beginning tomorrow, Australia and Japan will square off over whaling in the Netherlands. The case will be broadcast live through the International Court of Justice (ICJ) website and available via Video on Demand (VOD).
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Unable to sell whale meat Japanese agency resorts to brawn

Tokyo - With around 5,000 tonnes of whale meat sitting unwanted in freezers around Japan, the country's leading cetacean research organization is about to launch a campaign pushing its health benefits.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

PETA labels Assassin's Creed IV 'disgraceful'

The assassins may have a new and powerful foe to contend with: PETA. The group came after AC4, a popular video game, over the upcoming game's whaling feature, which will allow players to hunt for whales while playing.
In the Media by Sami Zaatari

Police await Sea Shepherd ships as Watson slams critics

With Australian Federal police poised to raid the groups' ships should they dock in Hobart, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) founder Paul Watson, said nothing "can ever take away from what we achieved."
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 7 comments

New video: Conflict escalates between Sea Shepherd and whalers

The conflict in the Southern Ocean between Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) and Japanese whalers has escalated dangerously once more. SSCS claims that the Bob Barker has once again been rammed amid the arrival of a new Japanese Naval ship.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Standing tall, a fisherman's change of heart inspires many Special

Born into a family of dolphin hunters in Futo, Japan, Izumi Ishii was expected to follow in his father's footsteps. As the dutiful son, he did what was best for his family, but for him, the dolphins' cries were simply too loud.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 12 comments

Whale hunt called off amid alleged ramming of Sea Shepherd ships

Tensions have been riding high for several weeks in the Southern Ocean between the Japanese whaling fleet and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS). After alleged repeated rammings of SSCS vessels, Japan has temporarily called off the hunt.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 9 comments

Captain Paul Watson steps down as Sea Shepherd President

To comply with with the ruling of the United States 9th District Court and to keep Operation Zero Tolerance on track, Capt. Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), makes some surprising moves.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 4 comments

Japan's whaling fleet sets sail for Antarctica

A total of four Japanese whaling vessels left Japanese ports on Friday bound for the Southern Ocean on their annual hunt of minke whales and other large cetaceans in the seas around Antarctica.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 2 comments

Sea Shepherd founder flees Germany fearing extradition

Frankfurt - Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson has skipped out on bail in Germany, fleeing the country over fears he would face extradition to Japan over his anti-whaling crusade.
In the Media by Darren Weir - 1 comment

Iceland May Resume the Slaughter of Endangered Fin Whales

Gentle, and increasingly friendly to whale watchers, fin whales enjoy worldwide protection as their population struggles to recover from whaling. However, Iceland defies world agreements and hunts these whales, often selling the meat illegally to Japan.

Op-Ed: Japanese whaling fleet captured 267 whales, adds to stockpiles

Tokyo - Japan's Fisheries Agency reports the Japanese whaling fleet took 267 whales during the 2011-12 whaling season. Although numbers fell far short of the 900 quota allotted, it still exceeded last season's take by 172 whales.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 1 comment

Amazon.com confirms ban on sale of whale meat

Washington - The Environmental Investigation Agency is confirming Amazon.com has now officially banned the sale of all whale and dolphin products from its wholly owned Japanese website.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Norway sets 2012 whaling quota at 1,286 minke whales

Oslo - When it comes to whaling, Japan grabs the news more than any other nation, but Norway has its own love affair with whaling.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 5 comments

Review: 'When Dolphins Cry' — the fight to end Japan's dolphin slaughter

"When Dolphins Cry" documents the more than 30-year fight by a group of dedicated international conservationists, to end the brutal slaughter of dolphins in Japan.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Japanese media agrees whaling no longer 'central to daily life'

Tokyo - A refreshing editorial from one Japanese media entity says the argument for whale meat consumption, based upon tradition in Japan, is "hardly compelling."
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 13 comments

Japanese whalers capture 3 eco-activists

Japanese whalers have captured three Australian environmental activists who illegally boarded the Shonan Maru 2 whaling support vessel over the weekend.
In the Media by Miriam Mannak
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A captured short-finned pilot whale is measured by fishery workers including Fisheries Agency employ...
With permission by Reuters / Issei Kato
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
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The pod of bottlenose dolphins currently awaiting their fate in Taiji s cove. The sign in front decl...
Heather Hill/Save Japan Dolphins
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.
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One of the Faroe Islands  Koltur is located to the west of Streymoy. Abandoned in the 1980s by sheep...
Hans Peter Roth
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.
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Land-based whale watching on the West side of Streymoy  the main island of the Faroes.
Sasha Abdolmajid
Land-based whale watching on the West side of Streymoy, the main island of the Faroes.
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A whale and calf being loaded aboard a factory ship  the Nisshin Maru. The sign above the slipway re...
Customs and Border Protection Service, Commonwealth of Australia
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.
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A Minke whale and her 1-year-old calf are dragged aboard the Nisshin Maru  a Japanese whaling vessel...
Customs and Border Protection Service, Commonwealth of Australia
A Minke whale and her 1-year-old calf are dragged aboard the Nisshin Maru, a Japanese whaling vessel. Photo taken Feb. 6, 2008.
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Norway sets an established quota of 1286 minke whales for the 2012 season.
André-Philippe D. Picard
Norway sets an established quota of 1286 minke whales for the 2012 season.
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Anonymous warns the Japanese Government   it would be smart to expect us.
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Anonymous warns the Japanese Government, "it would be smart to expect us."
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A captured short-finned pilot whale is measured by fishery workers including Fisheries Agency employ...
With permission by Reuters / Issei Kato
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
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Fin Whale
Lori Mazzuca, AFSC/Kodiak
Fin Whale
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The cove in Taiji  Japan after a dolphin slaughter.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
The cove in Taiji, Japan after a dolphin slaughter.
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Amazon.com confirms a ban on the sale of whale meat.
B.D. Padgett
Amazon.com confirms a ban on the sale of whale meat.
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These bottlenose dolphins captured in the cove last season  were slaughtered.
Heather Hill/Save Japan Dolphins
These bottlenose dolphins captured in the cove last season, were slaughtered.
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Blood pours from the scuppers of a whaling ship
Guano on flickr
Blood pours from the scuppers of a whaling ship
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Picture taken Sept. 2012 by Planet Whale s research team on the island of Suðuroy. This female orca...
Mark Hosford, Planet Whale
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."
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Whale meat at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo  Japan.
Stefan Powell
Whale meat at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan.
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Whaling in the Faroe Islands (Grindadráp) in Hvalba. Strict regulations govern the pilot whale hunt...
Erik Christensen- Wikipedia
Whaling in the Faroe Islands (Grindadráp) in Hvalba. Strict regulations govern the pilot whale hunts. Over a 1000 whales are killed annually.
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A whale is captured by the Yushin Maru  a Japanese harpoon vessel.
Photo taken as evidence on Feb. ...
Customs and Border Protection Service, Commonwealth of Australia
A whale is captured by the Yushin Maru, a Japanese harpoon vessel. Photo taken as evidence on Feb. 6, 2008.
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A Minke whale and her 1-year-old calf are dragged aboard the Nisshin Maru  a Japanese whaling vessel...
Customs and Border Protection Service, Commonwealth of Australia
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.
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