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June, 2008

  • 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 …

  • 22 June

    Hunted, Rammed, Poisoned, Whales May Die From Heartbreak Too

    from Flickr (arch2452)

    PARIS (AFP) — More than two decades after the start of a leaky moratorium on whale hunting, the most majestic of sea mammals have made little headway in recovering their once robust populations, say experts. Just how much progress will be sharply debated this week when pro-whaling and pro-conservation countries …

  • 21 June

    MP Says Whaling Commission Outdated

    (from New Zeland) The Conservation Minister sees next week”s meeting of the International Whaling Commission as a crucial point in the long-running row over Japan”s actions in the Southern Ocean. Steve Chadwick is travelling to Chile on Monday for the 60th meeting of the organisation. She says New Zealand remains …

  • 21 June

    Shell Delays Alaska Drilling Plan Due Legal Dispute

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Shell Oil said on Friday it would delay its 2008 drilling plan in Alaska”s Beaufort Sea for a year because of an ongoing legal challenge filed by groups concerned about the potential impact on whales, walruses and other marine mammals. “This lack of decision has delayed …

  • 20 June

    Trophy Hunters Aim to Kill Polar Bears

    Daily News

    Just days after polar bears gained new life-saving protections, the powerful Safari Club International sued the federal government. The reason? To once again allow wealthy U.S. hunters to kill struggling polar bears in Canada — and bring their carcasses back as trophies. On Monday, Defenders went to court to stop …

  • 20 June

    Japan Warns Citizens Against Mentioning Whaling

    (From ABC News) Japan has issued travel advice cautioning Japanese citizens who happen to be in Chile next week to avoid mentioning whaling, ahead of next week”s meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Santiago. Japan”s Foreign Ministry is warning its citizens to take care during the IWC meeting, …