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Wind of change blowing within Iceland?

If the initial reaction within the Icelandic media to yesterday’s announcement from the White House outlining a range of sanctions against Iceland for its whaling is anything to go by, Iceland is taking President Obama’s words – and underlying tone  – very seriously indeed.  The website of Iceland’s National Broadcasting Service, the Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV) carries an…

We’ve been emailed by Richard Branson!

I am pleased to report that yesterday I received an email from Sir Richard Branson, acknowledging our correspondence, and inviting WDC to be part of Virgin’s engagement process on captive whales and dolphins in tourism and in “gathering the expertise and perspectives [Virgin] will need to clarify [its] future vision”. I responded favourably, of course,…

US steps up the pressure to end Icelandic Whaling

Iceland urged to become Whale Nation rather than whaling nation. In a move designed to increase pressure on Iceland to take action against its rogue whaling company, Hvalur hf, US President, Barack Obama, has responded to calls by WDC and a coalition of NGOs by ordering federal authorities to greatly increase diplomatic sanctions against Icelandic…

Five Cuvier’s beaked whales strand during military exercise off Crete – how many more times?

Local details and some content here are provided from our colleague Alexandros Franzis, Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute, Greece. Once more we have bad news regarding Cuvier’s beaked whales in Greek waters. We fear for the future of the local population, which has repeatedly been affected by naval sonar activity of NATO or of national navies in…

What a wonderful day for whales!

I am beyond delighted at today’s ruling from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which orders Japan to stop killing whales in the Antarctic under the banner of ‘scientific whaling’. It never was scientific and that falsehood – one that has cost the lives of thousands of whales this century alone – has now been exposed…

Japan’s Antarctic Whaling found to be in contravention of IWC and the moratorium

Japan has lost its case in the International Court of Justice in The Hague and told it is subject to the moratorium on whaling. All at WDC warmly welcomes the decision of the International Court (ICJ) in its comprehensive judgment on Japan’s Antarctic Whaling.  My first reaction is that this is an historic day in the…