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A Kingdom divided

A Kingdom divided

It seems that whilst Denmark has been doing its utmost within the EU to pander to its overseas territories in Greenland and the Faroe Islands, the Danish citizens of these two distant lands are not so grateful.  The Arctic Journal (20th October 2016) reports that Greenland and the Faroes are demanding that Denmark, their representative…

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When is a whaling ban not a whaling ban?

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) biennial meeting is never a simple place to negotiate your way through. I had the privilege of attending several meetings during my WDC career, and the team we are sending this year will be some of our best brains.  And this year we need the team to be on top…

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How to ensure whaling becomes a family tradition

So what lies at the roots of whaling policy in Japan and Iceland? Is it some sense of national identity? Is it some true altruistic desire to feed their countrymen? Or is it something else? For many observers, the continued certainty of Iceland’s last few whalers’ desire to keep a dying whaling industry alive is,…

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The IWC Scientific Committee meeting: Science and politics

Tuesday saw the start of the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) 2016 Scientific Committee meeting, hosted in Bled, Slovenia. WDC experts have been part of the meeting for more than 20 years and will present a number of papers as well as take part in the various workshops and sub committees. One of the most contentious…

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UK conservation groups team up to protect whales

WDC and a number of the world’s leading conservation groups are encouraging our supporters to call on the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, to step up efforts to oppose commercial whaling. The UK has historically been a leading opponent of whaling, but the whalers are now stepping up their efforts to once more see the…

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Antigua acknowledges aid for support of whaling

 Just a few days after I wrote of the threat that Japanese Government aid poses for conservation, the Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda has linked receiving fisheries aid for his country with continued support for Japan on the issue of whaling and reform of the United Nations Security Council. As reported in Antigua & Barbuda’s ‘The…

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