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IWC passes Resolution to implement ICJ ruling and control future 'Article VIII' whaling

IWC – Day Three Round up from Slovenia

Day Three So what did yesterday’s closed-door session reveal? From the opening session it’s hard to tell. Scientific permits and the impact of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) We should have seen how this was going to go when Japan insisted that there was only one way to objectively read the ICJ Judgment and that…

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Greenland and the IWC – what comes next?

The issue of whaling in Greenland is, of course, an emotive one. For those that do not wish to see any whales killed, they find it hard to understand why anyone would or could kill a whale in any circumstance. For the indigenous hunter in Greenland whose parents and grandparents have hunted whales for millennia,…

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Thirty-five governments call on Iceland to stop whaling

A formal diplomatic protest, known as a démarche, was today delivered to the Icelandic Government in Reykjavik.  The top-level protest registered countries’ “strong opposition” to Iceland’s continued whaling, particularly of endangered fin whales. The démarche also objects to Iceland’s international trade in whale products, stating: “Fin whales and minke whales are listed under the Convention…

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Whilst the EU sacrifices political capital for Greenlandic whaling, what are Greenland and the Faroese doing?

So the EU Commission is extending itself to support Greenland’s demands for overturning the IWC’s accepted criteria for aboriginal subsistence whaling (ASW), but what is Greenland and the Faroe Islands, Denmark’s two North Atlantic overseas territories doing to help the EU Commission? Well, nothing it would seem. The Arctic Journal reports that whilst ‘foreign policy in…

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WDC exposes heavy promotion of whale meat to tourists in Greenland

Investigations in Greenland by Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) have revealed whale meat meant for local Greenlandic people is openly on sale to tourists.   The discovery comes as the 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC)  – the body that regulates whaling – begins in Portoroz, Slovenia. This is a damning revelation coming, as it…

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Sometimes there are no words

Date: September 3rd, 2014. Destination: Iceland Location: Whaling station, Hvalfjörður Target: Fin whale #109 of the season The IWC is meeting in Slovenia this September. A new report on fin whaling in Iceland can be found here. There continues to be overwhelming public opposition to Icelandic whaling. Help WDC stop this cruel activity today.

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Iceland’s whaling slammed by new report and opinion poll

Today sees the release of a new report, Slayed in Iceland: The commercial hunting and international trade in endangered fin whales, jointly produced by WDC, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), and Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), on the eve of the 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Portorož, Slovenia. The report exposes the sheer…

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