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2009-06-09 11:33:00

BOSTON, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Two weeks before the annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), taking place from 22nd to the 26th of June in Madeira, Portugal, European whaling nations provoke the international community with an increase of whaling quotas and granting export permits for whale meat to Japan. In response WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, calls "Europe: Whale Enemy No.1" and launches its campaign to request immediate action taken by the US...

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2009-05-26 14:21:13

Tuesday marked the beginning of Iceland's whaling season, despite protests from animal rights groups and international calls to reduce whaling quotas, AFP reported Iceland is one of only two countries in the world that allows commercial whaling. The country's whaling season, which usually runs from May to late September, will have a set maximum quota of 100 minke whales that can be killed during that time. Gudmundur Haraldsson, one of the whalers on board the Johanna AR vessel, told AFP his...

2009-05-19 10:07:00

WASHINGTON, May 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW; www.ifaw.org) - together with Congressman Eni F.H. Faleomavaega (D-AS) and Congressman William Delahunt (D-MA) - is championing new legislation to mitigate threats to whales and their habitats worldwide. Additional original co-sponsors of the bill include Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam) and Congresswoman Mazie Kirono (D-HI). The International Whale Conservation and Protection Act of 2009...

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2009-04-28 13:59:01

Iceland's tourism industry and whaling industry are at odds with each other over the fate of their whale population. During the summer, tourists spend roughly 45 euros each ($60) in hopes of catching a glimpse of a minke whale at sea. Angela Walk, a 37-year-old tour guide, told AFP that her company is against whaling. "We try to convince them to stop. It's not good for Iceland's image," said Walk. But as the tourism industry earns from whale sightings, the whalers make their living from...

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2009-03-05 12:50:00

The Asahi newspaper reported on Thursday, Japan is considering reducing the number of whales it catches each year, as an international body fights to bridge the divide between nations for and against whaling. Japan currently aims to catch about 900 whales a year in Antarctic waters. On March 9, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) will meet in Rome to discuss a compromise proposal put forward last month. An IWC panel suggests allowing Japanese coastal whaling in return for limiting or...

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2009-02-27 14:45:00

Iceland's decision to up its whaling quota has been criticized by the United States after concerns that there may not be enough whales to sustain the hunt, the AFP reported. Despite international calls for it to reconsider, Iceland's new left-wing government announced last week that it would maintain an earlier decision for a six-fold increase quota of 150 fin and 150 minke whales this year. The U.S. State Department released an official statement strongly opposing the decision. "We are...

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2009-02-18 09:39:35

On Tuesday, seven countries issued a letter to Iceland asking the nation's fisheries minister to rethink the sixfold increase to its whaling quota. Ambassadors to the United States, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, France and Finland met with Minister of Fisheries Steingrimur Sigfusson on Friday to discuss the issue. "We know the attitudes of these states and there were no threats involved," said Sigfusson, according to the Iceland Review. "But we discussed many things....

2009-02-02 16:24:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Documents released today by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) confirm the United States' leadership in negotiations to undo the global moratorium on commercial whaling and extend unprecedented authorization to the Government of Japan to kill whales off its coastline and in international waters. "The plan released today is a bad deal for whales and international efforts to protect them," said Patrick Ramage, IFAW Global Whale...

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2009-01-28 07:25:00

Environmental groups are opposing an expanded whaling quota established by an outgoing government in Iceland. Iceland's fisheries ministry issued the quota that would allow the catching of 100 minke whales and 150 fin whales annually for the next five years. Iceland is in crisis after the collapse of its ruling coalition and the resignation of its prime minister due to the effects of the global credit crunch. The country ended a 20-year ban on commercial whaling in August 2006, issuing...

2009-01-26 10:46:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to secret documents obtained by the Washington Post, outgoing Bush Administration appointees have been engaged in intense, closed-door negotiations to undo the global moratorium on commercial whaling and extend unprecedented authorization to the Government of Japan to kill whales off its coastline and in international waters. "Apparently, the last lousy idea of the Bush Administration was to legitimize commercial whaling in...


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