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Japanese fleet sets sale for Antarctic whaling

AFP reports that two Japanese whaling ships and a surveillance vessel left Saturday for the annual hunt in the Antarctic Sea quoting Kyodo News. The three ships departed from the western port of Shimonoseki to join other ships to hunt up to 935 Antarctic minke whales and up to 50 fin whales through March, the news…

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Are Japanese whalers hunting whales from Australia?

Andrew Darby, author and friend of the whales, reports that ‘Australian scientists have tracked a minke whale from the Great Barrier Reef deep into the subantarctic for the first time’. There has been concern for some time that Japan has been hunting endangered minke whales in the North Pacific, but now it appears that minke…

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South Korea cracks down on illegal whaling

Chosun Online Japanese Edition reported on November 18th, 2013 that in September, investigators in Yeongcheon city, South Korea, ‘searched a walk in freezer where they found more than 100 wooden boxes measuring 30cm x 50cm, inside each was 25kg of minke whale meat. The report estimates that on the black market, the freezer’s entire contents could sell for…

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Judgment Day for Scientific Whaling

Guest blog by Mike Donoghue, former advisor to the New Zealand government.  Much is at stake in the International Court of Justice case between Australia and Japan on Japan’s ‘research whaling’ programme in the Antarctic – JARPA II – which for the past 25 years has been the only remaining large-scale whaling operation in the…

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Australia’s motivation: Japan attacks

Whilst Australia’s motivation for bringing the case on Japanese Scientific Whaling to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) may be the result of domestic public pressure, the Government of Japan seems to have a more sceptical perspective.  Presenting their oral arguments to the court Japan argued that: ‘Another aspect of the case pertains to confining the…

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Japanese 'Scientific' whaling on trial

Australia, a leading opponent of Japan’s annual so-called “scientific” hunts has brought a case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, hoping that the court will outlaw the hunts at the end of a long awaited case which started on Wednesday 26th June. The court, the principal judicial organ of the United…

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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…

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Selling snake oil is a tradition

When Marie Curie was being feited for her two nobel prizes, there were plenty of charlatans who were ready to leap upon her work to sell the latest ‘snake oil’ curative. The number of medicines that suddenly appeared in the early 1900s based on radium and other similar products was both amazing and scary. What…

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