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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Whale hunting is a serious problem. Unlike with other endangered species there seems to be little agreement between countries about banning whale hunting. The Faroe Islands, Norway, Iceland and Japan continue to break the moratorium on whaling. Japan does so by issuing a ridiculous amount of permits for whaling for ‘scientific purposes’. Japan also uses its money to ‘buy off’ poorer members of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) so as to continue its immoral and disingenuous whaling policies.

There are a number of things the average person can do. Since the international community won’t do anything the onus is on normal citizens to take up the fight to preserve whale numbers.

Other than joining radical groups like Sea Shepherd that dangerously fight whaling boats on the high seas, there are consumer choices that you can make to help the whales.

1) Visit the Faroe Islands and other such places and pay to go on environmentally friendly whale watching tours. Whaling is all about money. If watching whales can be shown to be more lucrative than killing whales then fishermen will start to use their boats to take out tourists instead of going to kill whales.

2) Write to your MP or Congressman – whoever represents you democratically – and demand to know what he or she is doing to stop the illegal hunting of whales. Using the democratic process will force the issue into the media lime light and make action morel likely.

3) Boycott going on holiday to countries that hunt whales. Don’t go to Japan, instead book a private villa in Koh Phangan or visit Macchu Pichu or the Taj Mahal. At the same time don’t buy food products from Norway, Iceland or Japan. If other industries start to suffer because of whaling they will put internal pressure on their governments to change the fishing laws.

Together we can save the whales.

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