Posts Tagged ‘Commercial whaling’

Japanese kill whale in Australian whale sanctuary

Images taken by conservation group, Sea Shepherd appear to indicate that Japanese whale hunters have been slaughtering whales in an Australian whale sanctuary. The pictures show a dead minke whale on the deck of the whale factory ship, Nisshin Maru, which the vessels crew reportedly tried to cover up when they realised that they were…

Read More

Dead whale reportedly chopped up as gift for Chinese workers

Disturbing pictures emerging from China seem to show a whale being chopped up outside a company canteen for either dog food, or as a gift to employees from their boss. The Brydes whale is reported to have been purchased by Risun Solar Energy’s owner for 4,000 yuan (nearly £500) from fishermen in neighbouring, coastal Zhejiang…

Read More

Prison sentences handed to whale hunters in South Korea

A South Korean court has jailed over 30 men for illegally hunting minke whales and selling their catch to local restaurants. The Daegu District Court handed down prison terms ranging from 10 to 18 months to two ships captains, a delivery driver and 30 fishermen, and also issued them with fines of up to 5…

Read More

WDC helps expose large shipment of endangered fin whale products

A coalition of conservation and animal protection organizations, including WDC has confirmed today that more than 1,500 tonnes of products from endangered fin whales were shipped from Iceland to Japan in July 2016. The discovery comes as major conservation meeting, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) considers…

Read More

Shipping giant COSCO bans transport of whale and dolphin products

Worldwide shipping company, COSCO has announced that it will no longer transport whale meat or related products on its vessels. The global container shipping giant also stated that it will not carry shark fin related products either and will adopt stricter monitoring and regulation to ensure this policy is carried out.   COSCO has immediately…

Read More

Restaurants continue to fuel illegal whale hunts in Korea

Police in South Korea are continuing to catch more and more poachers involved in illegal minke whale hunting that is being driven by the vast sums of money that the meat fetches, and demand from local restaurants.  A single minke whale can sell for up to 60 million won (around £35,000), with ‘whale meat culture’…

Read More

Cancelled hunt could save 154 Icelandic fin whales this summer

I couldn’t be more thrilled at today’s announcement by Icelandic fin whaler, Kristjan Loftsson, that he won’t be slaughtering fin whales off Iceland this summer at least. Loftsson’s whaling company, Hvalur hf, has killed 706 fin whales since Iceland resumed commercial whaling in 2006, in defiance of a global ban on commercial whaling and despite…

Read More