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Driven by Demand: The Devastation Continues in Taiji

On January 17th, over 250 bottlenose dolphins were driven into the killing Cove in Taiji, Japan. The drive hunts have been occurring as they do every season, plodding along with ruthless consistency as the hunt season passes well beyond its mid-way mark. Having started September 1st with a possible quota of over 2,000 individual dolphins,…

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Blackfish gets a BAFTA nomination but just misses out on an Oscar

In January 2013, the Sundance Film Festival in the US was buzzing with news of a documentary that was listed which would  lift the lid on the dark underbelly of a company that is considered as American as apple pie – SeaWorld. In just 12 months, Blackfish has brought the barbaric issue of keeping highly…

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Misa-line-ing whale protection

As a federally appointed member of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team, WDC has worked for the past several years to help develop a plan that would reduce the amount of vertical line in the water column, thereby reducing the risk of entanglement to North Atlantic right whales by commercial fisheries.   We were pleased…

Whale beer not fit for human consumption in Iceland

Icelandic media reported tonight that ‘whale beer’ has been banned – even before it hit the shelves – by the Public Health Authority of Vesturland, where the Steðjar brewery is located, as the whale meal used for the process fails food regulations. “The conclusion is that all ingredients used for human consumption should comply with…

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A sperm whale stranded on my doorstep

When I stepped out of my van and saw the whale that had stranded early on Saturday on Edinburgh’s shore, just 10 minutes from my flat, it took me a minute to compose myself. Although led on his side, belly facing the beach, mostly submerged by the rising tide, there was no doubt this was…

‘Whale beer’ brewery boss gets the point

I was interviewed yesterday by international radio station, Monocle, [51.00-56.00] on the subject of ‘whale beer’, a topic which has triggered considerable media and public debate over the past 48 hours!  Interviewed alongside me was Dabjartur Arilíusson, owner of the Steðjar micro-brewery, which is collaborating with fin whalers, Hvalur, to produce a limited edition beer available…