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Third Issue of Eco: Escalating Whale Meat Trade and Other Threats to Whales

Third Issue of Eco: Escalating Whale Meat Trade and Other Threats to Whales Read More >


First Issue of Eco, The Whale Activist’s Newsletter
| Mark J. Palmer

Reporting on the issues currently being discussed at the International Whaling Commission in Slovenia. Read More >


Threats to Whales
| Mark J. Palmer

The Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) recently met in Slovenia, in preparation for the next meeting of the IWC in October. Read More >


Iceland Whale Tourism – Go Whale Watching, But Don’t Eat Them!

It's all too easy to end up eating whale in Iceland, even when you don't mean to. Most of the whale meat from the cruel hunts is purchased by tourists, many of them unwittingly. Read More >


From Retail to Dolphin Tales
| Mark Berman, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

This is the story about how South Carolina became the first and only state to ban the captivity of cetaceans in the US. Read More >


Japan’s Illegal Whaling Denounced by North Korea
| Mark J. Palmer, Int'l Marine Mammal Project

Something is definitely wrong when your government is called out by one of the most severe dictatorships in the world. But that has now happened for the government of Japan, criticized soundly by North Korea for its illegal whaling activities. Read More >


Reflections On Our Key Beluga Lawsuit Victory
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

We at Earth Island and activists dedicated to ending the captivity of cetaceans are celebrating the victory in federal court in Atlanta. In a huge win, Judge Amy Totenberg denied the Georgia Aquarium the permit they sought in order to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales from a population in Russia that is sorely depleted. "This federal court ruling is a stunning rebuke to every captive whale facility that tries to profit off ripping belugas, orcas and other marine mammals from the wild, despite cruel capture methods and damage to their populations,” stated David Phillips, Director of the International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute. The court victory has many ramifications. Russia, along with Taiji, Japan, and Cuba, is becoming a major source of captive marine mammals, as other sources around the world have either been depleted or closed to the dolphin trade by activists and governments. Read More >


JAPAN WHALING HARPOONED BY SCIENTISTS
| Mark J. Palmer, International Marine Mammal Project

Japan’s new whaling scheme for Antarctica met yet another obstacle after the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC’s) Scientific Committee decided the proposal to kill 333 minke whales each year for the next 12 years was not grounded in science. Read More >


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