Following many years of effort by WDC’s Stop Whaling team, together with some great work from other NGOs including Humane Society International, an overwhelming majority of EU parliamentarians have voted today in favour of a resolution to end whale meat being moved by whalers through EU ports.
This is great news but there is lot more work for us to do to turn this support into a legal ban on transiting whale meat through the EU. We will keep you updated on how you can help us keep up the pressure.
It has emerged that UK Government Environment Secretary, Michael Gove will visit countries including the Faroes and Iceland this week to discuss potential fisheries deals, causing WDC and others groups to call for him to use the visits to pressure both nations to end their annual slaughter of whales.
I have the pleasure of introducing another guest blog by Japanese whale and dolphin advocate Kame-Kujira-Neko. Kame is the author of the novel “Whales Ocean” and he regularly blogs about whaling and dolphin hunting, mainly in Japanese.
Japanese whale hunters have finished their latest so-called 'scientific' expedition off the coast of Abashiri, Hokkaido, killing 47 minke whales.
The Japanese Fisheries Agency will now analyse the age and stomach contents of the whales in the name of scientific research, and report the data to the IWC (International Whaling Commission - the body that regulates whale hunting).
Nine males and 38 females were caught during the killing season, from June 11th to June 26th.
More than 200 scientists from more than 30 countries recently gathered together at the 67a Scientific Committee (SC) meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). The meeting took place in Bled, Slovenia from May 9th to 21st.
The possibility of an end to whale hunting in Iceland took a significant step forward yesterday after the new Icelandic Fisheries Minister, Thorgerdur Katrin Gunnarsdottir indicated that Iceland’s whaling policy would be reviewed.