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Japan's selective use of the facts at the ICJ

Japan has just argued this Tuesday afternoon in their opening of their defence, that there are plenty of Antarctic Minke whales and therefore there is not a problem in hunting them. Indeed, they have quoted the IWC website which says at https://iwc.int/status  “…There are several hundred thousand Antarctic minke whales and thus they are clearly not…

WDC supports petition to list Lolita in US Endangered Species Act

WDC has written to the United States’ National Marine Fisheries Service in support of a petition filed jointing by Animal Defense League Fund, PETA and The Orca Network to list Lolita, a female orca held in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium in the US Endangered Species Act, along with the rest of the Southern Resident…

Blackfish Q&A

Last Monday, WDC-NA had the chance to take part in a screening of “Blackfish,” a soon-to-be-released documentary by director Gabriela Cowperthwaite that focuses on the story of Tilikum, the largest orca in captivity. Tilikum has become infamous in recent years due to his involvement in the deaths of three people and his aggressive tendencies. While…

Will the Colombian Government ban the import of the dolphin-deadly fish, mota?

This week, Dr Fernando Trujillo representing Fundacion Omacha, WDC’s partner in Colombia, had an important meeting with the Colombian Health Ministry at Government headquarters in Bogota.  Fernando presented information about the cruel, unsustainable and illegal killing of river dolphins (botos) in Brazil for fish bait.  The vast majority of the fish (known as piracatinga in…

Why is Australia v Japan such a special case?

The history of contentious cases at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is long, dating back to 1947. The ICJ was founded just a few years earlier in 1945 and is the principle judicial organ of the United Nations. A contentious case is one in which there is a legal dispute between countries (as opposed to a…

The Longest Days

Hans Peter Roth, an independent Swiss journalist who is conducting outreach in the Faroes in collaboration with WDC, shares his perspectives through another blog. Monday June 24th, 2013      Slættaratindur is a lonely place. Yet it is hardly ever silent on the Faroes’ highest mountain. Storms roar and oftentimes the subarctic peak sticks into the clouds. Once…