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Peter Flood mom and calf

Emergency Petition Seeks to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Vessel Strikes

For Immediate Release, November 1, 2022 WASHINGTON-Conservation groups filed an emergency rulemaking petition with the...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...

Nearly 500 whales die in New Zealand

The number of pilot whales that have died following a mass stranding in New Zealand...

200 pilot whales killed in latest Faroese slaughter

More than 200 pilot whales have been slaughtered in Sandagerði (Torshavn) in the Faroe Islands....

Norwegian whalers already exceeding last year’s death toll

According to reports from the Norwegian Fishermen’s Sales Organisation (Norges Råfisklag), whalers there have slaughtered another 13 minke whales in recent days bringing the total so far this season to 30 whales, which means they have now exceeded the total number killed at this stage last year (21 whales).

The Norwegian whaling season is in its second week and the three vessels are currently hunting off the coast of Finnmark.

Norway continues to hunts minke whales under ‘objection’  to the international ban on commercial whaling. Despite declining sales of whale meat within the country, Norway still sets its own quota (number of whales it will kill each year) and sells some of the meat to Japan.

However, recently, Japanese officials dumped a large consignment of Norwegian whale meat after routine tests revealed that it contained up to twice the allowed level of potentially dangerous pesticides.

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