Japan Suspends Whaling Season

Whale conservation groups have a victory for now. Japan has announced that they will temporarily suspend the annual whale hunt in the seas of the Antarctic this season, citing the anti-whaling group Sea Shepard as one of the reasons.

Hirosh Kawamura, an official at the Japanese Ministry of Fisheries said, “We have experienced the dangerous attacks from them, it might take the life of crews,” he said. “Considering the safety as the first priority, we decided to halt the whaling temporarily.”

Japan continues to annually hunt whales in the Antarctic, despite the worldwide moratorium on whaling. Japan harvests whales for human consumption using a loophole that states a country may whale legally if its for the purpose of scientific research.

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Protest at San Diego Seaworld

Whale and dolphin conservation protesters wearing Orca costumes were arrested this weekend for blocking traffic going into the San Diego SeaWorld amusement park.

The protesters were part of an event organized by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.) The group was protesting the upcoming Shamu show “One Ocean” (slated for summer 2011) were cited by the police and released without being jailed. PETA is against the practice of keeping Orcas (or any healthy whales or dolphins) captive in a tank.

PETA leaders branded the event a success, despite the arrests. Indications are that the group plans further protests in San Diego, and other SeaWorld parks.

“We got a lot of honks and waves from people going by,” said PETA spokeswoman Lindsay Rajt. “We’ll be back.”