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
Whales and dolphins are some of the most harmless animals in the world. In the 16th hundred whales numbered in the millions and the oceans where filled with many species.It was only when the whaling industry started in the 17th century that they have been systematically hunted down for their whale oil, meat, baleen and a perfume ingredient called ambergris. Since the whaling industry has been in business for almost 3 centuries now that time has seen the decline of whale species putting then in the endangered list today.
The business case is this. Stop the hunt for whales and use tourism as the solution for keeping them in our oceans.
With more than three centuries of devastation in our oceans it is time to put a stop to the whaling industry and let whales and dolphins regain the numbers that they have lost after years of whale hunting.
Who eats whale meat these days? It is not a staple food for most cultures. The world can do without whale meat. Whale oil has alternatives now. It has out grown its use when kerosene, petroleum, and jojoba oil were developed. We can leave whale oil to the whales and use the alternative oils for commercial use. Even the baleen that was so prized in the 17th century for use as collar stiffeners, buggy whips, and parasol ribs have out grown their use. The industrial revolution made sure of that.
The times are saying to give the whales and dolphins back the ocean. They need to be able to live in their habitat without threat of being hunted down for parts that can be easily manufactured by 21st century technology. If countries want to earn from their whale population the best solution is tourism. Encourage people to see the whales living happily in their natural environment. Allow them to appreciate the beauty of these magnificent animals that have been in our oceans longer than the existence of civilization.
Some countries have caught on to the value of tourism as a sustainable industry for making the most of the presence of whales and dolphins in their waters. It’s a great solution to hunt them down to observe the gentle giants way of life in the waters. People and these regal animals of the sea should be able to exist harmoniously with each other from now on. Whales can benefit from the willingness of people to understand and care for them as harmless inhabitants of the sea.