JAPANESE WHALING FLEET TO NORTH PACIFIC POSTPONED

JAPANESE WHALING FLEET TO NORTHWEST PACIFIC POSTPONED Whaling Advocate Wants Obama Served Whale Meat (Sankei Shimbun, Japan) “While Former Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshihiro Nikai boldly suggested, ‘I want to see whale meat on the table at the state dinner for President Obama’ … Ultimately, the government decided that it wasn’t wise to attract the attention of anti-whaling countries right before Mr. Obama’s visit, and that a ‘fresh start’ could be made afterwards.” *By Yoshinori Higo and Takaki … More…

JAPAN’S WHALING FLEET TO HEAD OUT TO NORTH PACIFIC IN DAYS

SHARE THIS Japanese whaling fleet set to sail despite recent ruling By Yoko Wakatsuki and Sophie Brown, CNN April 25, 2014 — Updated 0355 GMT (1155 HKT) This file photos shows a minke whale being unloaded at a port during a whale hunt for scientific purposes in Kushiro, Hokkaido. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Japan will proceed with a whaling mission in the Pacific A U.N. court found the nation’s Antarctic hunt violated a ban on commercial whaling Japan says the whaling is … More…

CANADA TAKES HUMPBACK WHALES OFF THREATENED SPECIES LIST

Why was the humpback whale taken off the ‘threatened species’ list? By Stephen Leahy | April 24, 2014 This week the federal government was legally obligated to establish protected habitat for threatened North Pacific humpback whales. Instead the Harper government suddenly moved to take the humpback off the “threatened species” list. That would eliminate the legal requirement under Canada’s Species At Risk Act for protecting habitat along the British Columbia coast. The government based the downgrade on a recommendation made by … More…

JAPANESE PEOPLE SUPPORT WHALE HUNT

60% of Japanese support whale hunt; 14% eat whalemeat, survey shows National Apr. 23, 2014 – 07:01AM JST ( 64 ) A handout picture taken by Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) in 2013 shows a Bryde’s whale on the deck of a Japanese whaling ship AFP TOKYO — Sixty percent of Japanese people support the country’s whaling program, but only 14% eat whale meat, a new poll showed Tuesday. The survey comes less than a month after the United … More…

FOSSIL FUELS KILLING PLANET EARTH

Fossil Fuels Driving Global Weather Posted: 04/18/2014 8:27 pm EDT Updated: 04/20/2014 10:59 pm EDT Print Article Dr. Reese HalterBroadcaster, Conservation Biologist, Educator Atmospheric scientists have discovered there is so much toxic Asian air pollution from burning fossil fuels that it’s now changing global weather patterns. Are you concerned about the immense pollution being belched into our atmosphere? How are smelting iron ore and baking limestone affecting the air that we breathe? Join Earth Dr Reese Halter in this segment … More…

JAPAN PLANS TO RESUME WHALING – NO SURPRISE

Asia Pacific NEW YORK TIMES Japan Plans to Resume Whaling Program, With Changes to Address Court Concerns By MARTIN FACKLERAPRIL 18, 2014 Photo A Japanese whaling vessel. Earlier this month, Japan canceled this year’s hunt after a ruling by the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Credit Kyodo News, via Associated Press Continue reading the main story Continue reading the main story Share This Page email facebook twitter save more Continue reading the main story Continue reading the main … More…

JAPANESE PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE VOTES TO KEEP WHALING

Japan politicians defiant despite whaling ban – Aljazeera.  l7 April, 2014 Parliamentary committee unanimously passes a resolution urging the government to continue whaling, weeks after ICJ ban. A Japanese parliamentary committee has unanimously passed a resolution urging the government to investigate all options to continue whaling, including “walking out of the (international whaling) convention”. The 40-strong fisheries committee, made up of a cross-section of members of the lower house, demanded on Wednesday the government redesign its “research” whaling programme to circumvent an international court ruling that … More…

WILL JAPAN CONTINUE WHALING ?

JAPAN’S WHALING – SMOKE AND MIRRORS ? Opinion.  Sue Arnold, Co-ordinator, Australians for Animals Inc. 14 April, 2014. It was very surprising to hear the judgement of the International Court of Justice as many activists have lost faith in the international legal system. However, the Australian government did ensure that the legal team comprised some of the best international scientific and legal experts.   When there could well have been a downgrading of the importance of the case by the Abbott … More…

JAPAN’S FUTURE AS A WHALING NATION

AP Analysis: Japan anti-whaling ruling saves face By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | April 11, 2014 | Updated: April 12, 2014 4:43am 7 Photo By Australian Customs Service/AP FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Australian Customs Service shows what the Australian government says is the slain carcasses of a minke whale and her calf being hauled aboard the Japanese harpoon ship Yushin Maru 2 in Antarctic waters. The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may … More…

ANTI CAPTIVITY BATTLE AGAINST VANCOUVER AQUARIUM –

Pete McMartin: The Vancouver Aquarium: Thar she blows! Up! Mayor’s view to free the whales is creating a splash By Pete McMartin, Vancouver Sun columnist April 9, 2014 File photo of Aurora the female beluga whale at the Vancouver Aquarium. Photograph by: Les Bazso , PNG The Big Fish in our small pond wrote us an email Wednesday. Asked for his opinion, Mayor Gregor Robertson waded in on the subject of whales. Of the Vancouver Aquarium’s planned $100 million-plus expansion, … More…