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William M Johnson’s critically-acclaimed 'The Rose-Tinted Menagerie' has been republished as an illustrated Amazon Kindle ebook

One of the most influential anti-captivity books of the last Century, and hailed as ‘a ground-breaking work’ upon its original release in 1990, The Rose-Tinted Menagerie explores the role of animals in entertainment, from the gladiatorial contests of ancient Rome and the travelling shows of the Middle Ages, to the circuses and dolphinaria of the…

Initial reports suggest 60 pilot whales killed in Faroe Islands

WDCS has received an initial notification that some sixty pilot whales have been killed in the Faroe Islands. We shall report more as we know it. Background of Faroese small whale hunts


Another Korean newspaper and another local NGO calls for a pull back on whaling plans

The Hankyoreh said it “makes no sense” to start hunting whales again. “The government explained the need for scientific whaling by noting a significant rise in the whale population over the 26 years the ban has been in effect,” the editorial said. “Officials have claimed that this has resulted in widespread damages that demand urgent…

Greenland and the evolving concept of ‘Local Community’ in relation to its demands for increased large whale quotas

Since the IWC meeting, I have been asked by some observers why do I think that the Greenlandic and Danish delegations actively threw away their chances of getting a quota this year? These same officials knew that the European Uion (EU), after the revelations of tourists eating bowhead whale meat and an internal EU coordination…


Last Few Hours of Whaling Commission Meeting – blow by blow

Final Report from the IWC Team at WDCS 64  Things get a little messy but much applause follows as we draw to a close. (Pictured here are the Commissioners of the UK and Monaco: Nigel Gooding and Frederick Briand.) After lunch, a few amendments are noted to the administrative document which will define how the…

Korea takes another step back from the brink

The Korean Herald reports (9th July) that ‘ The chief Korean delegate to the IWC meeting told local media last Friday that Seoul would not push to resume whaling over objections from the international community.’ As reported here yesterday, it appears that Korean fisheries officials may have overstepped the mark, with the Herald reporting that…