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Day 1: WDC on Australia vs. Japan at the ICJ

“It simply is not science“ First round of oral hearing at ICJ begins with Australia outlining its case against Japan regarding so called scientific whaling in the Antarctic At the beginning of the hearing before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Australia has given an introduction to the case it’s going to make in its…

Sightings galore for Big Watch Weekend

With so many amazing places around the Scottish coastline to watch out for whales and dolphins, you’re never too far away from witnessing an incredible wildlife moment, which we all love to see! That’s why on the 7th, 8th and 9th June 2013 we kicked the watching season off with a bang, in the form…

Everybody Loves Whales!

Anyone who loves animals reacts strongly to the images of whales and dolphins being hunted and killed, and we tend to direct our anger toward those we see as responsible for these brutal attacks. Sometimes we can forget, however, that it is a select few we are fighting – namely, those who are directly involved…

Minke whalers cold shouldered by whale and seal watchers

Amidst the massive – and well-deserved – publicity surrounding the recent resumption of fin whaling off Iceland, a quieter but no less cruel and inhumane hunt has been going on for some weeks. Unlike the fin whale hunt, which thankfully enjoyed a hiatus in 2011 and 2012, minke whales have been hunted without mercy and…

Global Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism

ABTA, the UK Travel Association, has launched a significant report entitled “Global Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism”. Initially for use for ABTA members, the tour operators Thomas Cook, TUI, Virgin Holidays and Cosmos, the guidance provides the first ever global guidelines on animal welfare for the tourism industry. Animal attractions such as dolphinaria, featuring…

Denmark plays a dangerous game at the IWC

I remember as a child learning never to threaten to do something without the will to see it through.  So what is Denmark playing at in threatening to leave the IWC if it does not get a compromise for Greenland on its demands for an increasied quota? In a report from Flensborg Avis online, Denmark’s Foreign…