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Japan’s Whale Hunts Ruled ILLEGAL in The Hague! Whales Swim Safer Now!

Pic of Humpback whale jumping out of the ocean.

Humpback, Right and Minke whales are among those who swim safer now.

The International Justice Court in The Hague has ruled in favor of Australia (with New Zealand as Mediator) and against Japan’s claim that they have killed some 10,000 Minke whales under the auspice of Research.  The Court released a decision of considerable length, in which it examined all relevant points and issued what is, by all accounts, a fair and considered opinion.  Their ruling: Japan must cease ALL whaling operations and revoke all permits issued in the name of Research. Read more

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Where Have All The Whalers Gone?

Seriously. As late as the 1970’s, Australia and the United States were amongst the whaling nations. After even the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which is a pro-whaling organization, called for a moratorium on killing whales, nearly all nations stopped the activity.

Picture of whaling in times past

Back when it was harder to kill a whale, we weren’t as much of a threat to them… or ourselves.

Why? What changed? We became to clever, too capable of killing. Where once it was a dangerous and courageous act to go out into the oceans in pursuit of a whale, perhaps kill one or two, men developed power boats and explosive-charged harpoons fired from 50-caliber guns… and the whale populations went from millions to a few hundred thousand in half a century.

Her Deepness, Dr. Sylvia Earle, describes the scenario in her book, “The World Is Blue (How our fate and the oceans’ are one).”  After millions of years of being the apex predator, the supreme beings of the sea, along comes man, figures out how to make things (fuel and gunpowder) explode, and throws off the entire natural order of things in the ocean by invading their world, by killing off beings as smart and long-lived as we are, as though they were a prey species. Read more

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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