Category: whaling

  • Japan’s bizarre whale experiments

    A review of the controversial scientific research conducted by Japan and its whalers has uncovered a list of ‘bizarre’ and useless experiments, including how to cross breed cows with whales. Scientists have analysed 43 research papers produced by Japan over 18 years, finding most were useless or esoteric. The scientific research included injecting minke whale…

  • ‘Rotten butter’ versus ‘stinging acid’

    Activists on board anti-whaling ship The Steve Irwin pelting the Nisshin Maru with rotten butter The environmental group Sea Shepherd says it doubts its attack on a Japanese whaling ship off Antarctica yesterday injured anyone. The group threw 24 litres of rotten butter onto the Nisshin Maru whaling ship. Meanwhile, the Taipei Times reports: “Militant…

  • Japan’s rotting whale meat mountain

    Japan’s whalers are going broke and have been forced to slash prices because no one wants to eat their growing mountain of whale meat. The farcical truth of Japan’s whaling industry was exposed yesterday by Japanese media reports that the Institute for Cetacean Research is struggling to repay $37 million in government subsidies. The report…

  • Breaking news: Japan ‘to halt humpback kill’

    Japan has apparently agreed not to kill humpback whales during its current Antarctic hunt, the US ambassador to Tokyo said today, a move that could help ease criticism of its controversial whaling program. Japan’s whaling fleet set sail last month with plans to catch more than 1,000 whales, including 50 humpbacks, before returning to port…

  • Australia to monitor Japanese whaling

    Australia will send planes and a ship to conduct surveillance of Japanese whaling ships off Antarctica in a bid to build a potential legal case against whaling for scientific research, the government announced Wednesday. The planes and ship would collect photographic and video evidence that would be used to decide if Australia will launch legal…

  • Whales humiliated

    Lauren Williams of The Daily Telegraph writes: Is this the ultimate humiliation for a whale? While these white beluga whales don cute little Santa hats to entertain visitors to a Japanese aquarium, their humpback cousins face a degrading end in cold storage at the hands of Japanese whalers in Antarctica.