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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have killed at least two fin whales, the first...
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Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

A survey of Icelandic people has confirmed that the majority believe whaling damages Iceland's reputation. ...
A magnificent sei whale © Christopher Swann

Japan Begins Commercial Whaling Season

Sei whale © Christopher Swann Japanese whalers have left port to begin this year's annual...

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

University of Alaska Fairbanks Master's student, Dana Bloch, retrieves a CTD that is used to...

Japan's whaling season ends with 262 whales dead

Japan’s whale-hunting season in the North Pacific has just closed with 262 whales dead. Since June, when the controversial hunt began, the whalers have killed 134 sei and 128 minke whales.

This hunt flies in the face of scientific, political and public opinion. A committee of scientists at the International Whaling Commission (IWC – the body that regulates whaling) said the hunts are ‘currently unjustified’ and that they ‘should be halted’, and the European Union formally criticised the hunt in a letter to the member governments of the IWC.

Over 12 years, Japan aims to kill 170 minke whales and 134 sei whales a year for so-called ‘scientific research.

As part of our ongoing campaign to stop whaling, WDC and Care2 submitted a petition to the European Parliament signed by 270,000 members of the public, calling on the EU to discuss whaling in its trade negotiations with Japan.

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