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Japanese Whaling To Resume In The Southern Ocean
2011-10-05 04:54:25

Japan plans to send out its whaling fleet again this year, even though they were turned back by the Sea Shepherd conservation group earlier this year. This year they caught only one-fifth of what they expected. The whalers captured only 171 minke whales and two fin whales, according to the International Whaling Commission (IWC). In order to increase the security of its fleet, according to the BBC, Japan will send extra ships to escort the whaling vessels in the Southern Ocean to guard from...

2011-09-15 15:32:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, in a meeting at the White House with the President's Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Nancy Sutley and other White House and U.S. government officials, Hayden Panettiere, the international spokesperson for The Whaleman Foundation and its Save the Whales Again! Campaign, thanked President Obama for his report to Congress that directs Federal agencies to take strong diplomatic actions to encourage Iceland to stop...

2011-09-08 13:00:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Environmental and welfare groups today revealed that Iceland's commercial whaling operation exported a further 133 metric tons of whale products from endangered fin whales in July despite the pending threat of U.S. trade sanctions for violating conservation agreements that protect the endangered fin whales. The 133 metric tons of whale meat worth an estimated US$1.2 million was exported to Japan in July 2011 even as the U.S....

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2011-07-21 08:00:00

The Obama administration has threatened Iceland with possible trade and diplomatic sanctions under a U.S. law known as the Pelly Amendment, which allows the president to act against foreign nations who defy international animal conservation rules. Under pressure by environmental groups, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke certified Iceland under the domestic law, which paves the way for retaliation against nations that break the International Whaling Commission's moratorium. The U.S. is...

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2011-07-13 05:35:00

Japan and the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd exchanged barbs on Tuesday during a world whaling conference over the issue of hunting of cetaceans in waters around Antarctica. In a plenary session of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which oversees the hunting and the protection of cetaceans, Japanese delegation chief Kenji Kagawa described Sea Shepherd's pursuit of Japanese whaling ships as "sabotage", and accused the group of engaging in "violent and illegal acts". Kagawa showed...

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2011-04-26 10:51:14

Two Japanese whaling vessels from Kushiro launched their annual coastal whale hunt from the tsunami-devastated areas on the east coast of the northern island of Hokkaido, a fisheries agency official told AFP. Joining the fleet will be 5 crewman from the Ayukawa Whaling company, the only whaling company in the fishing town of Ayukawa. Already suffering from a recall of its Antarctic whaling fleet a month early from threats posed by the activist environmental outfit Sea Shepherd Society, the...

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2011-01-05 10:35:00

Despite declining demand for whale meat in Japan, the "lethal research" which Japanese whalers use to justify harvesting cetaceans for consumer use continues. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's "Gojira" speedboat threw glass battles at the "Yushin Maru-2" and threw ropes toward its propeller, the Institute of Cetacean Research, which organizes Japan's whaling mission, told the AFP news agency. Anti-whale hunting nations, led by Australia and New Zealand, and international environmental...

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2010-11-18 13:20:00

New Zealand has decided that the captains of a Japanese whaling vessel and a high-tech protest boat off Antarctica are not at fault for the collision. The collision, which took place on January 6, cut the bow off the protesters boat. However, Maritime New Zealand said that there was no evidence that either side deliberately caused the collision, but blamed poor seamanship instead. The crash took place as protesters from the Sea Shepherd environmental group sought to thwart Japan's annual...

2010-06-23 05:57:00

AGADIR, Morocco, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr Susan Lieberman, director of international policy for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to the International Whaling Commission's (IWC) Annual Meeting concluding without any results from the three-year effort to reconcile the impasse between pro-whaling and anti-whaling countries. "We are deeply disappointed that the governments present here, after more than 3 years of intense work, could not...

2010-06-16 15:08:00

WASHINGTON, June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Efforts to finally bring an end to the impasse between pro-whaling and anti-whaling countries in the International Whaling Commission (IWC) will be the focus of the IWC's Annual Meeting, opening in Agadir, Morocco, on Monday, June 21. The "Save the Whales" campaign of the 1970s and 1980s mobilized governments and the public around the world behind the moratorium on commercial whaling, which was enacted by the IWC in 1982 and implemented in...