Canada’s a Step Closer to Banning Whale and Dolphin Captivity

After years of waiting, animal advocates are finally celebrating a big step towards emptying the tanks in Canada with the Senate moving to pass legislation that would ban keeping whales and dolphins in captivity. The legislation, Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act (S-203), would effectively phase out captivity by banning captive breeding, imports, […]

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POLL: Should international pressure be increased to end Japan’s ‘scientific’ whaling program?

Japan’s “scientific” whaling program just took another major hit with a decision handed down by a global conservation body that slaughtering sei whales in the North Pacific is illegal. Despite a worldwide moratorium on commercial whaling that was put in place in 1986 by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Japan has continued with annual whale […]

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Pro-whaling nations block South Atlantic whale sanctuary

Pro-whaling nations block South Atlantic whale sanctuary

A proposal to create a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic was defeated at a meeting in Brazil of the International Whaling Commission, amid a clash between countries that think whales can be hunted sustainably and others that want more conservation measures. Pro-whaling nations, including Japan, Korea, Norway and Russia, argued the science didn’t support […]

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Beyond The Cove: what happened after the Oscar-winning documentary?

The 2009 documentary The Cove, which depicted the practice of corralling and slaughtering dolphins in a small bay tinged crimson from the blood, has visited a bewildering past decade upon the small Japanese town of Taiji. An outburst of international outrage at Taiji’s 400-year-old practice of dolphin hunting saw activists descend upon the coastal town […]

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Krill fishing companies pledge to protect key food of Antarctic animals

A majority of krill fishing companies have announced their commitment to voluntarily stop harvesting the tiny crustaceans from vast areas of the Antarctic Peninsula, including around important breeding penguin colonies.The announcement on July 9 follows years of campaigns and negotiations led by environmental groups such as Greenpeace. “This is a bold and progressive move from […]

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