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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iPad 2 Jailbreak - Whale Watching GuideIf you decide to take your iPad 2 at with you while whale watching you may need to use the iPad 2 jailbreak software to unlock the hidden features for video recording.  The iPad 2 is one of the most interesting gadgets of 2011 but has it’s limitations without unlocking it first.

You may not know everything that it can do though. You probably know that it can do many of the same things that your computer can do, even if it is a scaled down version of the Apple computer.  The great news is that there’s actually an app for whale watching.  All you need is a unlocked iPad which is capable of establishing an iPad VPN connection,  to do the video and you’re good to go.

One thing you need to be careful of if you decide to jailbreak your iPad 2 is that if Apple finds out about the process, they can void your warranty and you also run the risk of what’s commonly called bricking. It’s called bricking because the iPad basically is as useful as a brick now since it doesn’t work.  There are ways to unbrick the iPad, but chances are you will be charged a ridiculous price to do so.

Jailbreaking an iPad is not always necessary. A tablet that works with a mobile service requires this. A tablet with wifi does not.  The jailbreaking process works the same way it does for a cell phone. When you jailbreak the unit you can use the iPad on any cellular network. The major problem with jailbreaking an iPad or iPhone is that it may require you to alter the hardware to switch carriers.  If that’s the case you may require a professional with the right equipment to perform the procedure.

Once you’ve taken care of jailbreaking your iPad 2 it’s time to enjoy the whales.  You’ve got your new whale watching app, full video features, and a cheaper internet carrier to take advantage of.  Now start videoing these beautiful creatures and load them up online and share it with the world.  Just be careful not to drop it in the water.

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