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IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts – with new quotas

Sep 13, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The vote confirms a long-standing commitment to so-called aboriginal subsistence whaling for nutritional and cultural reasons – an exception to the decades-old ban on commercial whaling

WHALES. This undated handout photo released by the Australian Customs Service on February 7, 2008 shows a whale (front) and another (partly seen at right) being dragged on board a Japanese ship after being harpooned in Antarctic waters. File photo by Australian Customs Service/AFP

Pro-hunting nations block whale sanctuary bid

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Pro-whaling Japan has voted against the project, backed by commercial whaling states Iceland and Norway, as well as Russia

RESEARCH. This undated handout picture released from the Instutute of Cetacean Research on November 18, 2014 shows a minke whale on the deck of a whaling ship for research whaling at Antarctic Ocean. Photo from The Institute of Cetacean Research / AFP

Japan whalers return from Antarctic hunt after killing 333 whales

Mar 31, 2018 - 6:55 PM

A fleet of five whalers set sail for the Southern Ocean in November, as Tokyo pursues its "research whaling" in defiance of global criticism

RESEARCH. This undated handout picture released from the Instutute of Cetacean Research on November 18, 2014 shows a minke whale on the deck of a whaling ship for research whaling at Antarctic Ocean. Photo from The Institute of Cetacean Research / AFP

Under fire, Japan defends whale hunts for 'science'

Oct 27, 2016 - 6:49 PM

Japan denies claims at the 66th meeting of the International Whaling Commission IWC that it was abusing an exemption to a 30 year old whaling moratorium which allows kills for science

A delegation from Japan attends the 66th International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Portoroz, Slovenia, on October 24, 2016. Photo by Jure Makovec/AFP

Japan, West clash over 'cultural' whale hunts

Oct 26, 2016 - 11:10 PM

We are just asking for a small quota based on science and of particular species in particular water That s it Japanese official Joji Morishita tells the International Whaling Commission

Protestors hold up a placard reading 'It's time to take whale meat off the menu' as they demonstrate during the 66th International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Portoroz, Slovenia, on October 24, 2016. More than 80 nations will discuss the fate of the world's remaining whales, which are facing a multitude perils from meat hunters and ship strikes to getting snared in fishing gear. / AFP PHOTO / Jure MAKOVEC

Japan fleet kills 333 whales in Antarctic hunt

Mar 24, 2016 - 7:02 PM

Under the International Whaling Commission to which Japan is a signatory there is a moratorium on hunting whales since 1986 Japan persists in the practice using a loophole in the ban that allows for lethal research

DEAD WHALES. A handout image by Sea Shepherd Australia made available on January 7, 2013 shows three dead, protected Minke Whales on the deck of the Japanese Ship, Nisshin Maru in the Southern Ocean, Antarctica, January 5, 2013. File Photo by Tim Watters/Sea Shepherd/EPA

Japan kills 251 minke whales in final Antarctic hunt

Apr 09, 2014 - 12:47 PM

Japan s Fisheries Agency says the number of whales caught on this last mission was double the 2013 tally of 103 but smaller than the target of 935

NO MORE WHALING. The UN's top court on March 31, 2014 ordered Japan to end its annual Antarctic whale hunt, saying in a landmark ruling that the program was a commercial activity disguised as science. File photo by Sea Shepherd Australia Ltd./Glenn Lockitch/AFP

Scientists urge New Zealand to save 'sea hobbit'

Jul 01, 2013 - 4:32 PM

Scientists: Losing just one more of the creatures will threaten the species existence

'HOBBIT' DOLPHIN. This undated handout photo released to AFP on June 5, 2013 by New Zealand's Department of Conservation shows critically endangered Maui's dolphins swimming at sea off the west coast of New Zealand's North Island. AFP PHOTO/ Department of Conservation

Australia takes Japan to top UN court to stop whaling

Jun 26, 2013 - 6:12 PM

Canberra will argue before the ICJ that Japan is exploiting a loophole by continuing to hunt whales as scientific research in spite of a 1986 ban

This undated handout photo released by the Australian Customs Service on February 7, 2008 shows a whale (front) and another (partly seen at right) being dragged on board a Japanese ship after being harpooned in Antarctic waters. Australian Customs Service/AFP

EU votes down Greenland whaling

Jul 06, 2012 - 9:35 AM

In a surprise at International Whaling Commission talks all other European Union nations voted against fellow member Denmark after saying they failed to reach a compromise to reduce the proposed hunt of the marine mammals