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Report highlights the devastation of mass whale slaughter

New research shows that sperm whales have still not recovered more than 35 years after the last whale was killed in the Southern Ocean.

Work undertaken by Macquarie University indicates that there is no evidence of any growth in the population of male sperm whales off Western Australia, showing just how devastating the impact of mass whale slaughter can be and how important the current ban on commercial whaling still is.

This whale species suffered major losses during Australia’s peak whaling periods, seeing a massive population reduction of 74% between 1955 and 1978.

Debate opens on California bill to end orca captivity

The California Assembly in the US has held the first hearing on a bill that would end killer whale shows in the US State.
The Bill has been put forward by Democratic Assemblyman, Richard Bloom and follows the release of the film ‘Blackfish’, which raised the profile of the cruelty behind captive orca shows and documents the death of a Sea World show trainer in 2010.

WDC completes survey on remote island to protect whales and dolphins

WDC has now completed a second set of intensive surveys near the very remote M’buke Island, Papua New Guinea.  Working with Papua New Guinea Department of Environment and Conservation (PNG DEC), M’buke Island Peoples Association (MIPA), South Pacific Projects, and University of Papua New Guinea, the survey team came across 18 different groups of whales and dolphins.

Sea World visitor numbers plunge

The number of people visiting Sea World’s marine park captivity shows between January and March has fallen from 3.5 million in 2013 to 3.05 million this year, a slide of 13 per cent.

International Court of Justice declares Japan’s Antarctic whaling illegal and orders it to stop immediately

WDC warmly welcomes the decision of the International Court in the Hague in its comprehensive judgment on Japan’s Antarctic Whaling.

This decision will bring to an end the annual Antarctic slaughter under the guise of ‘scientific whaling.’

Between 2002 and 2011, the Japanese fleet killed 7,982 minke whales in the Antarctic.

In the 2012-2013 Antarctic season Japan killed 103 minke whales. 

More information can be found at:  http://uk.whales.org/issues/whaling-in-japan

Whales die after dynamite fishing in the Philippines

According to reports from the Philippines, at least 22 dwarf sperm whales have been killed by blasts from dynamite used by local fishermen.

The illegal fishing method on the island of Siargao has a devastating impact on other ocean wildlife and coral reefs.

Locals report that it is common practice for fishermen to use dynamite to stun dolphins and dwarf sperm whales before stabbing them.

The meat is then eaten or sold in markets.

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