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 migration paths are one of the most studied in the scientific community. It is well known that whales migrate to accommodate there diets as well as mating behaviors and thus, it is almost always seasonal. Humpback whales for example travel south during the fall to take advantage of a warmer climate and a surplus of food. When Spring comes around, the reverse is true and they migrate north. This “travelling” has been studied carefully and many whales are tagged with radio and camera equipment so that scientists can get a closer look at the adventures a whale embarks on during migration.

Whale migration paths are in many ways very similar to early human migration paths. Go south during the colder months to take advantage of the warmer climate and go north during the summer months to have a slightly cooler climate that accommodates a variety of plant and animal growth. This behavior can even be seen in today’s modern travel industry. One trip advisor spoke about  the current trend of people buying holiday homes to visit depending on the season and when not in use, how more and more holiday home owners are renting out for visitors on a holiday vacation. Clearly we’re not so different from them after-all.

Most of these reports can be picked up from a variety of web sites, including however some of the global news outlets are best for up to date information as they can tap into the (very expensive) global news feeds.  My favorite new source online is to watch BBC News live, when you get used to using the interface and switching between the live TV and iPlayer pages it’s amazing how much information you can pick up.  The BBC website also is very generous with supplying links to other external resources if they’re relevant.

Please be aware that most of the BBC website is not accessible outside the UK though, unless you us either a VPN or Smart DNS solution to hide your exact location.



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