Last week, the Japanese fisheries agency reported that the spring slaughter of minke whales is at a record-low. Whalers killed only 34 minke whales between April and June. These numbers are the lowest since the ‘scientific whaling’ program began in 2003 and whalers are blaming bad weather. To learn more, read this post: Japanese Whale Hunt At Record Low.
In other news, the Dutch government responded to a global campaign by committing to stop the transfer of whale meat in the Port of Rotterdam. The campaign, led by Avaaz, obtained over one million signatures in only a week. Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs Sharon Dijksma also says she will work to convince other ports in the EU to stop the transfer of whale meat. To learn more, read this article: Dutch Government Stops Icelandic Whale Meat.
But as one door closes to whale products, another might be opening.
Despite New Zealand’s decision to take part in Australia’s International Court of Justice case to stop Japanese whaling, Foreign Minister Murray McCully says he is hopeful that New Zealand and Japan will find a “diplomatic solution to whaling.” To learn more, read the whole article: Door open to Japan on whaling.
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