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Animal protection groups call on American travel writers to help protect whales in Iceland

WDC, together with The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) are calling on the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) to help protect whales from hunting in Iceland.

The 2014 SATW’s annual conference is taking place in Iceland from September 15–20, 2014, with participants offered the opportunity to visit several of Iceland’s magnificent natural wonders.

NGOs denounce the European Union for promoting the killing of whales

EU countries undermine the global ban on commercial whaling

On the opening day of the 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC ) in Slovenia, 15 civil society organizations, including Whale and Dolphin Conservation have denounced member countries of the European Union for effectively sentencing humpback whales to death through the promotion of commercial whale hunts.

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.

Opposition MPs in Iceland demand economic review of whaling, fearing reputational damage far outweighs any economic benefits

Nine cross-party opposition MPs led by Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir have tabled a motion in the Icelandic parliament demanding an economic review of whaling from the Icelandic Finance Minister, Bjarni Benediktsson. The completion date for the review has been put back from the end of this year (as originally promised) until the end of March, 2015 and of course it is debatable how ‘independent’ such a review will be.

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

WDC warns of crunch time for the whales as IWC65 opens

WDC campaigners are in Portoroz, Slovenia for the 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC ) which opens today.  The IWC currently meets every two years to consider issues relating to whaling and whale conservation.

WDC has fielded a team at each IWC meeting for the past 25 years; however, we believe that this year will present an exceptional challenge as there are several proposals tabled by the whaling nations which give great cause for concern and which we believe must be strongly opposed.

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