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Iceland's Tourism Ministry speaks out for whales

After the recent election there it would seem that the battle lines for Iceland’s soul and future are being drawn. Iceland Review reports that further to the online campaign site Avvaz acting to try to ban the transfer of Icelandic fin whale meat through Dutch ports, the ‘Chairman of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association, Árni Gunnarsson,…

Japan's North Pacific whaling takes lowest catch for years

The Agence France-Presse reports that ‘Japanese whalers … in the northwestern Pacific caught a record-low 34 minke whales this Spring, the fisheries agency said Thursday, blaming bad weather. The whaling, conducted in the name of “scientific research”, took place from April 18 to June 3 and netted 17 male and 17 female minke. The catch is the…

Another dolphin facility proposed for the Bahamas

WDC has joined local and international NGOs in condemning the proposal for a new captive dolphin facility in the Bahamas, calling on the government to end trade in live dolphins and prohibit the development of any new dolphin facilities in the country. There are already three such facilities in the Bahamas, a signatory country to…

The adventures of a young advocate

Here’s more on Miss V’s dedication to WDC and the day we got to meet this amazing young advocate… Blog #3 Hi, I am back! Today I am going to talk about how I started my fundraiser at school. First I showed my report to my teacher Mr. B. He said I should show it…

Why does Japan go whaling?

I have been following a debate on Opinion Juris on the issue of the Law of the Sea and non-state actors. Now before you yawn, this is an important debate…honest 🙂 One author had asked the question of whether the Japanese Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) is a state actor or an independent body? This got…

Wild and free….what a feeling!

Garry Henkel, a Tour Guide with Aboriginal Journeys in British Columbia, recently captured some fantastic wild orca images off Vancouver Island Check out the amazing shots here. The Real Orca Show