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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....

Fishermen in Japan save stranded whale

An injured sperm whale recently found stranded by fishermen near Tokushima in Japan, was helped back into the water in a compassionate act, showing that not all news from Japan regarding whales is bad. 

The fishermen worked hard to save the whale, cheered on by passers-by, and WDC is grateful for the dedicated efforts of those involved. There is no single reason for why whales strand and stranding response protocols vary by country.

Sadly, in stark comparison, the Japanese government has recently agreed to start new so-called ‘scientific’ whale hunts in the Antarctic despite a ruling by the International Court of Justice (IJC) banning the hunts on the basis that they were basically commercial whaling dressed up as research, and that they had little scientific merit.

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