NZ resumes whale protection battle
A New Zealand bid to have a World Court ruling banning Japan’s scientific whaling programme adopted by the International Whaling Commission is expected to face stern opposition.
Japan was forced to abandon whaling in the Southern Ocean when the International Court of Justice ruled in March the annual expedition was a commercial activity masquerading as research …
3News NZ – Friday 12 Sep 2014 5:34 a.m.
Faroe Island Whaling, a 1000-Year Tradition, Comes Under Renewed Fire
By Jane J. Lee
Despite continued campaigns by activists to stop whaling in the Faroe Islands, locals cling to an ancient tradition.
Editor’s note: This story contains graphic images.
The recent arrest ( www.telegraph.co.uk/news/world… ) of 14 volunteers working to stop whaling in the North Atlantic Ocean’s Faroe Islands ( news.nationalgeographic.com/ne… ) has focused a spotlight once again on a local tradition stretching back over a thousand years …
National Geographic – Published September 11, 2014
‘Blackfish’ producers aim to give rats an image makeover next (Video)
New documentary will be based on Robert Sullivan’s book ‘Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants’.
The two production teams behind the incredibly-successful documentary “Blackfish” ( www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-cul… ) are looking to give the lowly rat ( www.mnn.com/earth-matters/anim… ) a branding makeover. Submarine Entertainment and Dakota Group have announced a new documentary based on best-selling book by Robert Sullivan, “Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants” …
Mother Nature Network (blog) – Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 02:06 PM
Wild bear Daniza dies after attempt to capture her fails in Italy
Animal succumbs to effects of anaesthetic after her attack on a man reignited debate over woodland repopulation programme.
A female brown bear with cubs who mauled a man out looking for mushrooms near his home in northern Italy ( www.theguardian.com/world/ital… ) has died after being given an anaesthetic by officials attempting to capture her …
The Guardian – Thursday 11 September 2014 13.39 BST
Why Is the World Ignoring Iceland’s Growing Slaughter of Endangered Whales?
By David Kirby
A new report urges consumers to stop buying seafood from Icelandic companies linked to whale hunts.
While the world’s attention focuses on Japan’s annual dolphin-killing season ( www.takepart.com/article/2014/… ) under way in Taiji, Iceland has been quietly escalating the hunting of endangered fin whales.
But no one seems to be paying much attention, according to a report ( eia-international.org/govts-re… ) released Wednesday on the eve of the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which enforces an international ban on the commercial hunting of whales …
TakePart – September 10, 2014
Norwegians Hate Whale Meat. So Why Does the Country Insist on Whaling?
By Brian Palmer
Norwegians killed 729 whales ( www.theguardian.com/world/2014… ) this year, marking the largest catch in two decades. The hunt persists despite a more than 30-year ban on commercial whaling worldwide, making Norway one of only three countries that continue to flout international restrictions. The deputy director of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Sales Organisation calls this season’s haul “very good,” though he acknowledges a major problem for the industry: nobody wants to buy whale …
Huffington Post – Updated: 09/10/2014 7:59 pm EDT