Whaling

Fishermen kill beaked whale in Japan

Fishermen in Japan have killed the first Baird's beaked whale of the season which runs until the end of July. They have been given a quota of ten whales by the Japanese government for 2016.

The 10-metre female whale weighed around ten tonnes. WDC is very concerned about the welfare and conservation impacts of these unregulated and extremely cruel hunts.

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European Parliament Members want more action against Japanese whaling

Members of the European Parliament have demanded stronger action by the EU against Japan’s decision to ignore international law and continue killing whales for ‘research’. 

The calls came at a meeting in Strasbourg on June 8th when Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and representatives of the EU Council and Commission debated Japan's so-called ‘scientific’ whaling.

Japan continues to ignore international court ruling as new hunts begin

Japanese whalers have left port to start hunting whales in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. They hope to catch up to 90 sei whales and 25 Bryde's whales in hunts that are expected to last until late July, the country’s Fisheries Agency said.

Two whaling ships left Shimonoseki port on Thursday morning and the 8145-ton Nisshin Maru, the mother ship of the fleet, is scheduled to depart from a port in neighbouring Hiroshima prefecture on Friday.

Japan's North Pacific whaling season to start this weekend

Japan's fisheries agency has announced that its whaling fleet is heading for the North Pacific to start its annual whaling this weekend in the name of "science".

The whalers will be targeting minke whales with a quota of 51 whales set by the agency which will be hunted in the waters off Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture until May.

Document reveals whale meat could be in feed on Norwegian fur farms

A document has been released which suggests that whale meat is being used in feed supplied to fur farms in Norway.

Norway's whalers continue to carry out commercial whaling each year, killing hundreds of minke whales, though in recent years they have been unable to reach their government's self-allocated quota of over 1200 whales.

Internal pressure on EU to take more action over Japanese whale slaughter

Following pressure from a group of MEPs, the EU Parliament´s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) has submitted a formal question to the European Commission and European Council asking if there will be any further condemnation of Japan by the EU over the Japanese government’s decision to resume research whale hunts in Antarctic waters over the next 12 years. 

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