The International Court of Justice (ICJ ), the principal judicial arm of the United Nations, has announced that it will deliver its preliminary judgment in the case between Australia and Japan concerning whaling in the Antarctic.
The horrific drive hunt season in Japan has ended but, although a temporary end to the slaughter in Japan is welcome, the drive hunt season for pilot whales carries on until April. Sadly, the fishermen in Taiji also continue to take part in harpoon hunts and 'small type coastal whaling' for false killer whales and pilot whales.
A commercial boat captain from Louisiana in the US, who was charged in early December with the shooting of a dolphin in the Mississippi Sound in 2012 has now been sentenced under the US Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA ).
Brent Buchanan was found guilty of illegally taking a marine mammal in federal waters and ordered him to undertake 200 hours of community service, serve three years of probation with three months of home confinement, and pay a fine of $2,500.
Scientists from Peru's Ocean Institute (IMARPE) think they've discovered the cause of the mass dolphin deaths along the northern coast of Peru: poisonous algae.
Hundreds of dolphins have washed up on different beaches in the region and, according to reports, tissue samples taken by scientists from some of the dolphins have revealed that the animals had ingested a substance that had caused their internal organs to degenerate.
WDC has launched its campaign to stop Virgin holidays and other major tour operators selling trips to SeaWorld.
Sir Richard Branson claims to be concerned with whale conservation yet Virgin holidays are profiting from this cruel industry. We think Sir Richard can do better so we are asking people to join our campaign and tell him that all captivity is NOT conservation, it's NOT education. It IS cruel.
Wildlife experts have saved the life of an endangered right whale which had 280 feet of fishing rope caught in its mouth.
The whale was spotted by navy aircraft dragging hundreds of feet of the commercial fishing line in the sea off the coast of Georgia in the United States
Experts from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission then began a rescue that led to nearly all the rope being removed. It is hoped that the whale will be able to free itself of the remaining line.
Whilst most media attention is focused on the hunts in Taiji, Japan, the huge numbers of dolphins killed in the Solomon Islands continues with report now emerging that suggest that over 1000 may have been slaughtered in the past year by villagers on the island of Malaita. This horrific news comes shortly after 350 dolphins were slaughtered on the nearby village of Fanalei. Although the prime minister has recently stated that they are against the additional export of dolphins, he reaffirmed his support for the dolphin hunts, citing their cultural significance to villagers.
A parasite, previously found in cats, that can cause brain disease in humans has now been found in Arctic beluga whales.
Pregnant women are often warned to avoid changing kitty litter in order to stay clear of the parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. which can cause miscarriage and also blindness. The find by scientists now raises health concerns for indigenous Inuit people who eat beluga whale meat.
Politicians in Canada were shocked to discover this week that their country is being used as a trans-shipment destination for whale meat. Despite the fact that Canada is signed up to an international agreement that protects endangered fin whales (CITES ), meat from the species has been shipped from Iceland to Canada and transported across the country via train on its way to Japan.
Joan Jett has become the latest popular musician to come out against SeaWorld and its captive orcas shows by demanding that they stop using her song “I Love Rock 'n' Roll” during SeaWorld performances.