Stop the Bloody Whale Slaughter on the Faroe Islands

On a group of islands just north of Europe, the traditional bloody whale and dolphin slaughter takes place every year. The Faroe Islands are a part of Denmark, where whaling is banned, but they have laws that are independent of Denmark's laws, so they are allowed to continue with this mass execution. Year after year, thousands of pilot whales, beaked whales and dolphins are chased into the bay by boats, where they are slaughtered.

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Whale tourists need realistic expectations

Tourists who visit Tonga's northern Vava'u island to swim with whales need to have realistic expectations about what will happen.

That's according to underwater photographer Tony Wu, who visits the island regularly to document the way humpback whales use the area to breed.

He says he managed to count 48 whale calves born in Port of Refuge harbour this last season, which is a lot.

But Mr Wu says the Tongan whale watching industry needs to make sure not to promise tourists that the whales will come close to them or touch them.

Go to: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201111/s3373429.htm

Court rejects efforts to strip beluga whale protections

A federal judge this week rejected an attempt by Alaska to strip Cook Inlet beluga whales of Endangered Species Act protections. Last spring, the National Marine Fisheries Service designated critical habitat for the whales despite state’s lawsuit.

Go to: http://summitcountyvoice.com/2011/11/22/court-rejects-efforts-to-strip-beluga-whale-protections/

End comes closer for whaling ban

The opponents of whaling fear a return to commercial hunting is virtually inevitable within the next few years.

Conservation groups at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission believe the 1986 whaling moratorium cannot last much longer.

Go to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3911651.stm

PETA lawsuit alleges SeaWorld enslaves killer whales

Can killer whales sue SeaWorld for enslavement?

A lawsuit filed Wednesday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and other "next friends" of five SeaWorld killer whales takes that novel legal approach.

The 20-page complaint asks the U.S. District Court in Southern California to declare that the five whales -- Tilikum, Katina, Corky, Kasatka, and Ulises -- are being held in slavery or involuntary servitude in violation of the 13th Amendment.

A PETA statement said the lawsuit is the first of its kind in contending that constitutional protections against slavery are not limited to humans.

Go to: http://articles.cnn.com/2011-10-26/justice/justice_killer-whale-lawsuit_1_killer-whales-orcinus-sea-world-trainers?_s=PM:JUSTICE

Sometimes you come across a film like ’Big Miracle’ which seems designed purely to please the crowds.There’s a huge star studded cast, but the plot is rather contrived which is a shame for a movie with this much potential.

Despite this, perhaps because it’s heart is in the right place, it’s actually quite an enjoyable movie.

So the plot is basically about three whales, one of them an infant, that are trapped under the Alaskan Ice at the most Northern point.  This happens at the start of the long Arctic Winter of 1988.  The scene is set as an journalist (played by John  Krasinski) comes across the whales accidentally whilst filming a report.  This leads to global headlines as the story goes viral across the world.    From this point the journalist is joined by many people across the world as hundreds of celebrities join the campaign to save the whales. However there are also loads of sub plots mainly based around an eco-friendly theme which can get a little confusing.  The film is fairly predictable, mainly because most of  the plots are obvious.

But this doesn’t detract completely from this film. The ’Big Miracle’ is a huge stereotype of other films in the animal rescue genre.But again, there are some great performances and although the whole thing is very melodramatic some scenes are genuinely moving.If you have any interest in Whales, the Environment in general then you’ll probably enjoy this film at the moment it’s also available on streaming UK TV. It’s not great but it had a feelgood ending and is an enjoyable way to while away a couple of hours.

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