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June, 2008

  • 24 June

    Harpooned Whale Found Washed Up On Mallorca Beach

    From thinkSPAIN

    (From thinkspain) Experts from the Marineland aquatic zoo are conducting a thorough examination of the body of a ten-metre long sperm whale found yesterday in Font de sa Cala (Capdepera, Mallorca) in an attempt to establish cause of death. The badly-rotting corpse was found ensnarled in fishing nets and pierced …

  • 24 June

    Supreme Court Weighs Whales vs War Preparation

    Washington(AP) The Supreme Court will have the final say on whether war preparation trumps whale protection. Acting at the Bush administration”s urging, the court agreed Monday to review a federal appeals court ruling that limited the use of sonar in naval training exercises off Southern California”s coast because of its …

  • 24 June

    Australia, Japan Clash at International Whale Summit

    (From voanews) Australia and Japan have traded barbs ahead of a meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Santiago, Chile. Japan accuses Australia of lacking the conviction to save crucial talks from “a state of collapse”. Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett has fired back, insisting he will not compromise on …

  • 24 June

    Whaling Commission Maintains Deadlock On Hunting

    (from ndtv) The members of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) on Monday informally agreed to maintain the moratorium on whale hunting without pressing forward with any new measures to protect cetaceans. “”Nobody wants to vote on anything,”” official delegates and representatives of environmental organizations said at the meeting in Santiago. …

  • 24 June

    Rudd ‘Over-Promised’ On Whaling Ban

    (From AAP) The Rudd Government has “over-promised” on its plan to stop Japanese whaling operations, a former environment minister says. But diplomacy was still the way to resolve the issue, Ian Campbell said. Mr Campbell, who quit politics last May and is now working for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, …

  • 24 June

    Chilean Waters Declared Whale Sanctuary

    (From ABC News) Chile has declared the whale a national monument and made Chilean waters an official whale sanctuary. The declaration was made on the first day of talks at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Santiago. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet made the announcement before a group of environment …

  • 23 June

    Japan Threatens To Resume Commercial Whaling

    From Times Online

    (from Times Online) Japan has threatened to resume commercial whaling after a suspension of more than 20 years, in a gesture of defiance towards conservationists and anti-whaling governments around the world. The threat was issued alongside a demand for progress in negotiations at the body meant to act as a …

  • 23 June

    Afraid Of Sharks?

    Photo: Istock

    Oceana reported today that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) filed new rules requiring federal shark fisheries in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico to land sharks with their fins still naturally attached. The movie Sharkwater chronicles the rise in shark finning, and explains – in amazing footage – …

  • 23 June

    Rescuers Gloomy About Survival Of Dolphin Trapped In The Clyde

    From Times Online

    (From Times Online) Fears were growing today for the health of a dolphin which is trapped in the River Clyde in Glasgow. The Rizzo’s dolphin, a deep-water species normally found out in the ocean, was first spotted in the river yesterday morning. “Its bones are visible, so it is obviously …

  • 23 June

    Humpback Whales Saved After Hunt Called Off

    The humpback whales that were threatened with a return to Japan”s scientific whaling list should be safe from the harpoon for another summer. Bill Hogarth, who played a key role in the suspension of the humpback hunt last December, said he believed Japan would honour a commitment not to take …

  • 22 June

    Aust to argue need for whale ban

    From tvnz.co.nz

    Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett will lead the push to continue a ban on whaling at what is expected to be a highly charged meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). The 80-member IWC will begin meeting in Santiago in Chile, where debate on a possible resumption in commercial whaling …

  • 22 June

    Japan faces criticisms over whaling

    From Flickr (rauldiaz)

    (From Xinhuanet) Japan will face criticisms from anti-whaling Latin American countries in the 60th International Whaling Commission meeting (IWC) next Monday in Santiago, Chile. The IWC members from Latin America may be crucial to maintain the moratorium on whaling off the offensive that Japan intend to restore commercial whaling. These …