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Beluga whales in the wild

Beluga whale in River Seine dies after rescue attempt

A beluga whale that became trapped in the River Seine in France has sadly had...
Tilikum, the father of Nakai. © Paul Wigmore

Orca Nakai dies at SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego has announced the death of the orca Nakai. The 20-year-old male orca...
Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin © Mike Bossley/WDC

Last captive Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin to be freed in South Korea

Bibongi, the last Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin held in captivity in South Korea, is to be...
Common bottlenose dolphin

100 bottlenose dolphins hunted in Faroe Islands

This morning, (July 29th), 100 bottlenose dolphins were killed in Skálafjörður on the Faroe Islands. The...

Whale meat shipments through Canada revealed

Politicians in Canada were shocked to discover this week that their country is being used as a trans-shipment destination for whale meat. Despite the fact that Canada is signed up to an international agreement that protects endangered fin whales (CITES), meat from the species has been shipped from Iceland to Canada and transported across the country via train on its way to Japan.

Japan and Iceland continue to kill and trade in whales even though an international ban on commercial whaling began in 1986. Bizarrely, it seems that Canada is not able to stop the shipments moving through its territory if customs documentation is correct.

Canada has to allow shipments under customs control to transit provided they meet normal documentation and other requirements,” Environment Canada spokesperson, Jirina Vlk said in a statement. “CITES clearly provides an exemption for shipments of CITES species in-transit through a country so long as such a shipment remains in customs control, that is, in bond or under seal.”

As a result, it seems that Canada is now an unwilling accomplice in the ‘banned’ commercial trade in whale meat alongside Japan, Iceland and Norway. WDC is currently campaigning to stop the EU from allowing ships carrying whale meat to dock in its ports, including Southampton in the UK.