Skip to content
All news
  • All news
  • About whales & dolphins
  • Corporates
  • Create healthy seas
  • End captivity
  • Green Whale
  • Prevent deaths in nets
  • Scottish Dolphin Centre
  • Stop whaling
  • Stranding
  • Whale watching
dolphin_interaction4_seaworld

Large number of dolphins moved to Abu Dhabi marine park

Up to 24 captive bottlenose dolphins have reportedly been sent to a new SeaWorld theme...
Southern resident orca_CWR_Rob Lott

Success! Removal of last river dams to help threatened orcas in the US

Great news has emerged from the US concerning our work to protect the endangered orca...

More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine...
captive dolphin

Las Vegas dolphin facility to close

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat in Las Vegas is to permanently close....

Japanese schoolchildren watch whalers slice up a whale

Unabashed by the recent the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling ordering Japan to halt its so-called ‘scientific whaling’ programme in Antarctic waters, Japanese whalers last week invited dozens of schoolchildren in the town of Wada (100km south of Tokyo) to watch the grisly spectacle of them cutting up a 30-foot Baird’s beaked whale caught and killed in Japanese coastal waters. The children were later served up a meal of fried whale meat.

This year’s coastal whaling season began on June 20th and the Gaibo Whaling Company has already caught 6 Baird’s beaked whales and hopes to catch a further 24, before the season ends in August.

Japan has already announced that it will revise its Antarctic programme in the hope of satisfying the demands of the ICJ and also declares that its coastal whaling is an ancient tradition in Japan, accusing western critics of cultural imperialism in their attempts to stop the hunts.

In May, the Japanese Fisheries Ministry released a photo of minister Yoshimasa Hayashi eating a bowl of whale meat, in the hope of encouraging other Japanese people to do the same. However, despite government efforts to promote whale meat to school children and young people, the amount of whale meat consumed in Japan has fallen steadily in recent years, leading to large stockpiles.