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

I first fell in love with whales when I was 10 years old. I saw a movie ,like so many other millions of children, by the name of Free Willy. Looking back on it now it seems like a silly intro. But it did spark a passion that I never knew I had. Free Willy showed me., That there were massive beasts in the ocean that we’re capable of immense pleasure and joy.  So much joy, that they jumped out of the water and splashed around for fun, Watching whales breach is an amazing experience, you feel very small. I’ve never understood exactly how they make me feel. The only words I ever have are “incredible”, “amazing”, and especially “wow”.

But until recently I have been willing to let them, be themselves, a long way away. But now that I am retiring, I think I want to dedicate more time to the animals I love so much. Early retirement is a great thing because you still have the energy to the physical things you’ve always wanted to do, but didn’t think you be able to when you retired. I’m still out there climbing mountains, I’m still going to enter races. Not a thing but my doctor is going to slow me down especially now that I don’t have to worry about work.

Some of the best knowledge I have gained, has come from my job. But now I think I’m ready to learn in a different way. Learn from nature, and from my body. I desperately want to understand where I sit in the universe and with these beautiful whales. I’m looking for properties to rent near the Pacific Ocean, Oregon, Washington. So that I can be near the whales that I have loved my whole life. Even though that life has only crossed its 35th year.

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