A court in Sydney, Australia has imposed a AUS$1 million fine ($USD 700k, £465k) on a Japanese company over its whaling activities in the Australian Whale Santuary in Antarctica.
In a defiant move, a number of campaigning organisations within Japan have issued a statement against the country’s whaling activities.
The groups are critical of the Japanese government’s decision to ignore a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that ordered Japan’s scientific whale hunts in the Antarctic to stop on the grounds that they offered little scientific value.
Iceland’s Left Green Movement recently held its annual meeting and passed the following resolution on whaling: "Whaling uses inhumane methods to maintain the hobby of a few boat owners. Large amounts of public funds have been wasted to strengthen whaling by these enthusiasts. It is now time to end."
We were privileged to host the first screening of Breach in Europe on Friday evening. Breach, a film about Icelandic whaling, was presented by its producer and director, Los Angeles-based film-maker, Jonny Zwick.
Within only a few days of being elected to the United Nations Security Council, it has come to light that Japan has
Opposition parties in Iceland are asking the government’s minister of foreign affairs, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, to look into the wider diplomatic and economic damage caused by the country’s whaling industry. MPs have requested answers to whether the negative economic and diplomatic consequences outweigh any economic grain from the hunts.
The Norwegian whaling season has ended and, according to reports within the country, 660 minke whales have been killed between April and the end of September.
Poor weather conditions played a part in limiting the slaughter, which was down from 736 whales killed last year.