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Faroe Islands Declare WAR on Whales "The Grind"

Inhabitants of Faroe Islands catch and slaughter pilot whales during the 'Grindadrap'

25 June, 2015 - The annual hunt, known as the 'grindadrap' or 'grind' which goes on throughout summer, is defended by Faroe islanders who say it is part of their cultural heritage and is a tradition stretching back over hundreds of years. But, this year the Faroe Parliament met to formulate new Grind laws that declares war on whales. These deaconian rules apply to everyone on and visiting the Islands.

"It is astounding to witness the extent to which the Faroe Islands authorities will try to ensure that they can continue to brutally kill these highly sentient beings," says Rosie Kunneke.

Three NEW laws that have been enacted are:

  • 1 - It is an offence not inform the police if whales are spotted.
  • 2 - All equipment, vehicles, ships or any other possession can be seized if it is suspected to have been used to try to save whales' lives.
  • 3 - Authorities can detain anyone for up to 12 hours on the suspicion that they are going to try and save whales.

Faroe Islanders discard their kill during this senseless Drive Hunt

The methods the hunters use have long been the source of controversy. Often entire villages take part in the hunts, including children.

According to The Sea Shepherd Organisation, this year's killing season has already begun, with 154 pilot whales reportedly being slaughtered in a single day on Miovagur beach on the island of Vagar at the beginning of June. . . Faroe Islands - Grind

Faroe Islands - Grind
The Blood of the Whales
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Japan - The Rogue Nation out to Kill more Whales

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A minke whale is unloaded at a port in Kushiro in 2013. Photo: AP

Whaling ships left port in north-eastern Japan, early April, 2015 to embark on another government-backed 'scientific' whale killing program in waters of the north-western Pacific and another new Antarctic whaling program is planned for later this year despite rulings from an international court and an expert panel.

The four ships that left port in Japan could kill up to 51 minke whales in a few short weeks as part of this so-called 'research' program.

Although a member of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) Japan has killed 13,000 whales since a ban was placed on Commercial whaling in 1986 by exploiting a loophole allowing the killing of whales for 'Scientific Research' purposes.

In a landmark legal challenge, Australia initiated proceedings through the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) alleging that Japan was pursuing a large-scale program of whaling and was using science as a thinly veiled cover for commercial whaling in the Antarctic waters. . . Japan in Antarctica


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Taiji, Japan Dolphin Slaughter

Fishermen corral and slaughter dolphins

In the remote village of Taiji, Japan a team of activists and filmakers witness and document activities deliberately being hidden from the public: More than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered each year and their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan, often times labeled as whale meat.

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"The world today will either be stepping forward into an era where conservation and the environment really matter, or it will be stepping back into the Dark Ages, where the people of the world think that the slaughter of whales using grenades, electric lances and shooting them with rifles is something that we should accept."

Ian Campbell, Australian Environment Minister - 57th IWC AGM, Monday, June 20, 2005

"If all nations in the world took 1000 whales each year, the stocks would soon be exhausted. What gives one nation the right to a larger portion of the resources of the planet that all nations hold in common?"
Sir Geoffrey Palmer, NZ Commissioner to the IWC.Japan must be expelled from the IWC

World's Oceans once Teemed with Whales

Oceans once teemed with whales

The oceans once teemed with many more now endangered marine mammals than previously thought, new genetic studies of whales suggest.

Whalemeat samples bought from a Japanese sushi market and analysed by scientists indicate that experts have seriously underestimated the size of the populations that roamed the seas before industrial- scale hunting began more than a century ago. The numbers of some species may have been 10 times greater than previously calculated.

The findings refute suggestions by whaling nations such as Japan that a resumption of hunting is justified by the increase of many whale populations beyond their natural size, the researchers said. . . Dolphin Drive returns to Futo, Japan

Norway's Whaling Defies Logic

Norway maintained on Tuesday (1st April) its quota of previous years to hunt up to 1,286 whales in its waters in 2014, despite whalers repeatedly catching less than the limit.

The announcement came the day after the whaling industry suffered a serious setback: the International Court of Justice ordered Japan to end its annual Antarctic whale hunt of minke and fin whales, a larger species than the minke whale Norway catches.

In Norway, where whale meat used to be considered a poor man's dish, whalers struggle to reach the quota: in 2013, only 594 whales were harpooned according to official data.

The hunting season goes from April 1 to September 30.

Norwegian whaling ship with a minke whale butchered on deck
Norwegian whaling ship with a minke whale butchered on deck. Photo: WSPA/EIA
Norway whale kill graph
Whales killed annually since Norway resumed
commercial whaling

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Iceland Minister Warns on Whaling

Iceland whaling
Many consumers simply will not want to buy fish from sources that are linked to killing whales

REYKJAVIK, 20 May, 2008 (BBC) - Iceland's whalers have embarked on this year's hunt with the country's foreign minister warning that whaling may damage Iceland's "long term interests".

Boats left to begin the hunt on Tuesday after the fisheries ministry issued a quota of 40 minke whales for 2008. Officials say the hunt is sustainable and justified by market demand. The British government and several environmental groups joined foreign minister Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir in criticising the decision . . . Iceland Minister Warns on Whaling

Icelandic Humpbacks Monitored

REYKJAVIK, 1 December, 2008 - The Icelandic Marine Research Institute has been monitoring the movements of a humpback whale since early November.

It was marked along with other whales with a satellite transmitter in Eyjafjördur, north Iceland, on November 6 and has since made it to south Icelandic waters. Another humpback that was marked at the same time has remained in Eyjafjördur, in all likelihood feeding on capelin, Morgunbladid reports. The purpose with the project is to study the movements of baleen whales around Iceland and their travels out of Icelandic waters in the fall. Unlike other baleen whales in the North Atlantic, not much is known about the humpback. Its only known winter breeding location is in the Caribbean. Some of the humpbacks that reside around Icelandic in summer travel to the Caribbean in winter, but others appear to be of an unknown stock and breed elsewhere. A considerable number of humpback whales seem to remain in Icelandic waters in winter and are known to feed on capelin. The project is supervised by Gísli Víkingsson at the Icelandic Marine Research Institute. Icelandic Humpback whales Monitored

Japan MUST be Expelled from the IWC

When it comes down to the smooth running of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and it's orderly administration which country is the most disruptive? Which country gives aid money for votes? Which country takes up far too much time at meetings? Which country consistantly ignores the wishes of the Commission? Which country still kills whales?


When it comes down to who wants to kill whales, on a per capita basis, the details are quite astounding. It makes one wonder how a small group of people can disrupt a perfectly good international organisation and simply "buck the system". . . Japan must be expelled from the IWC

International Anti-whaling Campaign

The Whalewatch report, Troubled Waters, was published March 9th to mark the start of the global campaign against whaling.

Britain's best-known naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, stresses the point in his foreword to the report. "The following pages contain hard scientific dispassionate evidence that there is no humane way to kill a whale at sea," says the broadcaster.

JOIN the 'Whalewatch' campaign and add your voice to an unprecedented coalition of over 140 conservation organisations (NGO's) from more than 55 countries lobbying the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to call a halt to all commercial and scientific whaling operations, maintain the current ban on commercial whaling and bring the issue of cruelty back to the fore . . .Anti-whaling Campaign

Read the report - Troubled Waters

Whales are Not the Major Causes of Dwindling Fish Stocks

Humpback feeding

N.O.A.A. US Department of Commerce

Do whales and other marine mammals compete with humans for fisheries resources? Should whales be hunted to save fish stocks? Today's marine science community has enough expertise and experience with the complex ocean ecosystem to recognise that the "competition" claim is oversimplified and the hunting proposal is biologically unsound.

As a whole, whales do not eat "large quantities of fish as food," nor do they threaten the health of the world's limited marine fish resources. Some whale species do prey on fish, but often on fish that humans do not consume. In truth, humans are primarily responsible for fisheries declines. It is humans who continue to threaten the world's stocks through overfishing and reluctance to allow stocks to naturally replenish . . .Whales are Not the Major Causes of Dwindling Fish Stocks

Japan Fights Whale Conservation Measure

Japan Fights Whale Conservation

The International Whaling Commission opened its annual meeting in Berlin under the threat of a Japanese walkout if the Commission adopts a hotly contested measure designed to improve whale protection.

The latest clash between pro-whaling nations and those pushing for more conservation involves a 31-page proposal to form a committee charged with "strengthening the conservation agenda" within the 50-nation whaling commission.

The 19 sponsors of the "Berlin Initiative" include the United States, Britain and Australia. The measure calls for working with global wildlife groups to better protect the marine mammals. Japan says the proposal focuses too much on conservation at the expense of sustainable harvests. The meeting began with an argument between the commission's pro- and anti-whaling factions over whether it should be dropped from the agenda altogether . . .Japan Fights Whale Conservation

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Say NO to Navy Noise

US Navy Protester
Eco-activist Diana Mann
Photo by Jack Gould

Low frequency active sonar is based on very low frequency sound [100-1000 Hz] can travel great distances and detect quiet submarines. The system uses intense sound. The US Navy has given a figure of sounds as loud as 235 decibels generated by massive sound transmitters towed behind TAGOS-class ships. The noise level of a jet engine is about 120 decibels.

A NATO LFA exercise in 1998 left numerous dead beaked whales on the coast of Greece. LFA testing off the Island of Hawaii in 1998 caused humpback whales to leave the test area, apparently resulted in separation of whale and dolphin calves from their mothers, and injured a snorkeler in the water. . . Say NO to Navy Noise

US Navy/WHOI LFAS Research Exposed - Lanny Sinkin

18 Countries Call on Japan to End Scientific Whaling

Japanese Whalers in Antarctica

Australia joined 17 other countries in making a demarche to Japan opposing its scientific whaling program.

The demarche sets out our strong concerns about Japan's continuing program of lethal whaling. Australia is disappointed that Japan is now expanding its program of whaling in the North Pacific to include another species, the Sei whale.

There is ample evidence that the scientific objectives of Japan's research program could be achieved using non-lethal means. . .18 Countries Call on Japan to End Scientific Whaling

Gray Whale Numbers Shrink by Thousands

Gray Whale

The population of Eastern North Pacific gray whales has dropped in the past four years from an estimated high of more than 26,000 to less than 18,000, alarming environmentalists but drawing no major concern from federal scientists who monitor the once-endangered whales.

Environmentalists see the drop as a sign that the whale's population is still threatened by hunting, pollution, climate change and dwindling food supplies. . .Gray Whale Numbers Shrink by Thousands

CAUTION: Whale meat is hazardous to your health

Health Hazard

That message to Japan's finicky consumers could end up being more damaging to Tokyo's hopes of resuming commercial whaling than years of campaigning by environmentalists focused on endangered species.

"If it became more widely known that this meat was contaminated, people who want to eat whale would probably stop," said Koichi Haraguchi, a researcher at Dai-Ichi College of Pharmaceutical Sciences in western Japan.

So far, though, most Japanese consumers seem blithely unaware that the whale meat they see as a gourmet delight may be tainted with dangerous mercury and toxic chemicals. . . CAUTION: Whale meat is hazardous to your health

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