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  • Japan Whaling Fleet Returns from Antarctic Hunt with 333 Whales

    03/24/2016 8:14:22 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 76 replies
    gCaptain ^ | March 24, 2016
    Japan’s whaling fleet returned on Thursday from its Antarctic hunt after a year-long suspension with a take of more than 300 whales, including pregnant females.
  • Iceland Snubbed Over Whaling

    06/17/2014 5:04:16 PM PDT · by Leifur · 34 replies
    The Reykjavík Grapewine ^ | 12.06.2014 | Paul Fontaine
    Iceland was not amongst the countries invited to take part in a conference on the world’s oceans, due to the continued practice of whale hunting. RÚV reports that the conference – Our Ocean – is hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Many countries around the world have been invited to take part in the two-day conference, where subjects such as pollution and sustainability in our world’s oceans will be discussed. Iceland, despite having sought to participate, has not been invited to take part in the conference, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says this because of whale hunting....
  • Republic of Iceland Seventy Years Old Today

    06/17/2014 12:38:58 PM PDT · by Leifur · 7 replies
    Iceland Review ^ | 17.06.2014 | ALËX ELLIOTT
    Today is 17th June, Iceland’s national day. It is a public holiday and one of the biggest festival days of the year. There are many official and unofficial events in practically every city, town and tiny village across Iceland. A parade featuring a brass band, the scouts and police in ceremonial uniform are widespread; as are speeches by local officials and a reading by Fjallkonan – the mountain woman. The mountain woman wears an ornate version of the Icelandic national costume, with gold trimmings. Symbolically, she is the spirit of the nation. In Reykjavík, the ceremony takes place on Austurvöllur...
  • Soviet whaling: The Most Senseless Environmental Waste of the 20th Century

    11/18/2013 1:40:01 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 15 replies
    Pacific Standard ^ | November 12, 2013 | Charles Homans
    Fifty years ago 180,000 whales disappeared from the oceans without a trace, and researchers are still trying to make sense of why. Inside the most irrational environmental crime of the century.In the fall of 1946, a 508-foot ship steamed out of the port of Odessa, Ukraine. In a previous life she was called the Wikinger (“Viking”) and sailed under the German flag, but she had been appropriated by the Soviet Union after the war and renamed the Slava (“Glory”). The Slava was a factory ship, crewed and equipped to separate one whale every 30 minutes into its useful elements, destined...
  • Sea Shepherd ships dock in Australia without boss

    03/20/2013 9:11:49 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | March 20, 2013 | Rod Mcguirk
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The founder of Sea Shepherd left the environmental group's fleet of anti-whaling ships before they docked in Australia on Wednesday, though the government says it has no reason to arrest him at the moment. Three Sea Shepherd ships docked at the southern port of Williamstown after weeks of harassing Japanese whalers in the Antarctic Ocean during the annual whaling season. The Washington state-based organization, which the United States' largest federal court last month labeled "pirates," said [Paul] Watson, a 62-year-old Canadian, had left the fleet before it reached Australia for fear of arrest. His whereabouts have...
  • Sea Shepherd captain skips bail in Germany

    07/26/2012 11:52:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | July 26, 2012 | Matthew Day
    The US-based Sea Shepherd group said Paul Watson had left Germany for an "undisclosed location". It is thought the captain, who handed his passport over to German authorities when he was arrested in May, may have exploited the Schengen zone to travel to France or the Low Countries. German authorities detained Captain Watson following a request from Costa Rica. The Central American country claimed that his behaviour during an incident on the high seas in 2002 had threatened the safety of the crew of a Costa Rican fishing vessel. The Sea Shepherd has also been involved in number of violent...
  • We are ready to die to stop Japanese whaling: Sea Shepherd

    10/05/2011 10:53:11 PM PDT · by Rabin · 97 replies
    xinhuanet ^ | 2011-10-05 | staff
    The Sea Shepherd has become increasingly successful in recent years in disrupting the Japanese whaling, last summer forcing Japan's whaling fleet to head home early, and led Japanese whalers to obtain only 17 percent of their whaling quota. Japanese government on Tuesday announced the research whaling program will go ahead later in December, and there are reports that an extra 27 million U.S. dollars worth of security will be added to the whaling fleet.
  • Whaling meeting 'ignores needs of whales' (IWC Censures Sea Shepherd)

    07/17/2011 2:42:46 AM PDT · by tlb · 72 replies
    bbc ^ | 14 July 2011 | Richard Black
    The International Whaling Commission's (IWC) annual meeting has closed after a tense final day when relations between opposing blocs came close to collapse. Latin American nations attempted to force a vote on a proposal to create a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic. Pro-whaling countries walked out, but eventually it was decided to shelve any vote until next year's meeting. Earlier in the meeting, governments agreed new regulations designed to prevent "cash for votes" scandals that have plagued the IWC in the past, and passed a resolution censuring the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for putting safety at risk during its...
  • Sea Shepherd 'sank its own anti-whaling boat'

    10/08/2010 4:45:32 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | October 7, 2010 | BBC
    An estranged former member of direct action anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd alleges it ordered its own boat to be scuttled to win public sympathy. Peter Bethune was captain of the hi-tech Ady Gil when its bow was shorn off in a collision with a Japanese whaler it was shadowing in January. It sank two days later, but Mr Bethune now alleges he was ordered to scuttle it by Sea Shepherd head Paul Watson. Mr Watson denies the claim - the latest twist in a bitter row between the two. Commentators say the feud threatens to undermine the standing of the...
  • Anti-whaling activist says Sea Shepherd sank its own ship

    10/07/2010 9:23:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    AFP ^ | Oct 7, 2010
    A former Sea Shepherd activist on Thursday accused the militant conservation group of deliberately sinking one of its own ships as a publicity stunt after a collision with a Japanese whaler. New Zealander Pete Bethune labelled Sea Shepherd's leadership "morally bankrupt" for allegedly ordering the hi-tech trimaran "Ady Gil" to be scuttled after it collided with a Japanese whaler last January in the Southern Ocean. Bethune, the Ady Gil's captain, said Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson ordered the ship's sinking to "garner sympathy with the public and to create better TV" in the publicity battle against Japan's Antarctic whaling program....
  • Anti-whaling boss on Interpol wanted list: Japan

    06/30/2010 6:40:27 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6/25/10 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    TOKYO — The leader of a U.S.-based anti-whaling organization is now on an international wanted list for allegedly masterminding the group's disruption of Japanese whale hunts in the Antarctic Ocean, Japan's coast guard said Friday. The move — done at Japan's request — signals Tokyo's escalating anger against the Sea Shepherd group, which it accuses of putting whalers' lives at risk during the annual Antarctic hunt. The Canadian founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Paul Watson, 59, has been on the Interpol list since Wednesday, Coast Guard spokesman Shinichiro Tanaka said. He said Watson's whereabouts is unknown. [excerpt]
  • Whaling activist Peter Bethune faces two years in jail

    06/10/2010 4:04:16 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 18 replies · 482+ views
    The Australian ^ | June 11, 2010 12:00AM | Rick Wallace, Tokyo correspondent
    JAPANESE prosecutors have demanded a two-year prison sentence for Sea Shepherd activist Peter Bethune over an assault charge stemming from his boarding of a Japanese whaling ship in the Southern Ocean. The New Zealander has been detained since his arrest over the boarding in February, during which Japanese prosecutors allege he injured a crewman on board the Shonan Maru 2 by throwing a bottle of rancid butter at him. Prosecutors told Tokyo District Court yesterday that chemical burns to the face of a 24-year-old whaler were "clearly caused by rancid butter fired by the defendant". Bethune, 45, clambered aboard the...
  • 'Whale-huggers' restart a crusade they thought they'd won (Protest Obama pro-Whaler treaty)

    06/07/2010 5:50:49 AM PDT · by tlb · 3 replies · 20+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 24, 2010 | John Hoeffel
    "We've been doing this too long, and now we're going to do it all over again. It's very tiresome," said John Perry, a sculptor who in the 1970s campaigned for a whaling ban with a 110-foot-long humpback whale balloon. Advertisement Perry was among about 120 people at the protest, one of 16 along the California coast targeting a proposal to lift the 1986 commercial whaling moratorium and set legal quotas for Japan, Norway and Iceland, the three nations that still hunt whales. The proposal aims to reduce the number of whales killed over 10 years, but opponents say it would...
  • Obama Under Fire for Backing Deal to Lift Global Ban on Commercial Whaling

    06/06/2010 11:22:21 PM PDT · by speciallybland · 9 replies · 22+ views
    Fox News ^ | 06/05/2010
    Environmentalists, already peeved with the administration’s handling of the Gulf oil spill, are accusing President Obama of breaking his campaign pledge to end the slaughter of whales. The Obama administration is leading an effort within the International Whaling Commission to lift a 24-year international ban on commercial whaling for Japan, Norway and Iceland, the remaining three countries in the 88-member commission that still hunt whales. The administration argues that the new deal will save thousands of whales over the next decade by stopping the three countries from illegally exploiting loopholes in the moratorium. But environmentalists aren't buying it. "That moratorium...
  • Obama Supports Commercial Whaling

    06/06/2010 10:27:48 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 21 replies · 78+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is breaking a campaign promise as his administration backs an effort to lift a 24-year ban on commercial whaling, critics say. Environmentalists, already unhappy with the administration's allegedly lackluster response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, say the president is going back on his campaign pledge to end the slaughter of whales, FOX News reported Sunday. The administration is leading a push within the International Whaling Commission to lift the ban on whaling against Japan, Norway and Iceland, the three countries in the commission still hunting whales, FOX News said....
  • Obama Under Fire for Backing Deal to Lift Global Ban on Commercial Whaling

    06/06/2010 2:30:28 PM PDT · by Frantzie · 15 replies · 335+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6-5-2010 | Stephen Clark
    Environmentalists, already peeved with the administration’s handling of the Gulf oil spill, are accusing President Obama of breaking his campaign pledge to end the slaughter of whales.
  • Australia takes Japan to world court over whaling

    06/01/2010 2:51:02 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 23 replies · 1,178+ views
    busrep ^ | June 1, 2010
    Australia has filed a complaint against Japan at the world court in The Hague to stop Southern Ocean scientific whaling, the International Court of Justice said on Tuesday. In the filing, Australia said Japan was violating the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW) by killing whales for research purposes. Commercial whaling was banned under a 1986 moratorium, but Japan still culls whales for what it says is research.Whaling has been a thorny issue between the two trading partners, though both in the past have vowed not to let it affect their relations, which include growing military and security...
  • Report: Japan issues warrant for anti-whaling boss (Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd)

    04/29/2010 7:01:25 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 10 replies · 294+ views
    AP ^ | April 29, 2010 | The Associated Press
    TOKYO — The Japanese Coast Guard has obtained an arrest warrant for the leader of the Sea Shepherd environmental group for its disruption of Japan's annual whale hunts, local media reported Friday. ... The warrant is for Paul Watson, the Canadian founder and president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, on suspicion of assault and obstruction of business, Kyodo News agency reported, citing investigative sources. It did not say which court issued the warrant. The Japanese Coast Guard wants Watson placed on the wanted list of Interpol, the international police agency, national broadcaster NHK reported.
  • U.S. Leads New Bid to Phase Out Whale Hunting

    04/14/2010 6:46:52 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 450+ views ^ | April 14, 2010 | JOHN M. BRODER
    WASHINGTON — The United States is leading an effort by a handful of antiwhaling nations to broker an agreement that would limit and ultimately end whale hunting by Japan, Norway and Iceland, according to people involved with the negotiations. The compromise deal, which has generated intense controversy within the 88-nation International Whaling Commission and among antiwhaling activists, would allow the three whaling countries to continue hunting whales for the next 10 years, although in reduced numbers. In exchange, the whaling nations — which have long exploited loopholes in an international treaty that aims to preserve the marine mammals — would...
  • Japan whaling fleet brings home catch below target (Whale Wars)

    04/12/2010 2:18:35 PM PDT · by Dengar01 · 45 replies · 858+ views ^ | 04.12.10, | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    TOKYO -- Japan's biggest whaling ship returned to Tokyo on Monday bringing home only half its catch target after its expedition to the Antarctic Ocean was disrupted by anti-whaling protesters. The Nisshin Maru, the main harpoon ship of the five-vessel fleet, docked in the Tokyo harbor with harvests from the five-month season that began in November. The rest of the fleet returned over the past few weeks, including a ship that brought back an environmental activist who brazenly boarded it to protest the hunt. The fleet killed 506 minke whales and one fin whale during its expedition, fulfilling more than...
  • Whaling worsens carbon release, scientists warn

    02/26/2010 8:36:23 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 37 replies · 772+ views
    bbc. ^ | 26 February 2010 | Victoria Gill
    A century of whaling may have released more than 100 million tonnes - or a large forest's worth - of carbon into the atmosphere, scientists say. Whales store carbon within their huge bodies and when they are killed, much of this carbon can be released. US scientists revealed their estimate of carbon released by whaling at the Ocean Sciences meeting in Portland, US. Dr Andrew Pershing from the University of Maine described whales as the "forests of the ocean". Dr Pershing and his colleagues from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute calculated the annual carbon-storing capacity of whales as they...
  • We'll take Japan to court: PM

    02/19/2010 5:54:44 PM PST · by myknowledge · 24 replies · 381+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 20, 2010 | Peter Alford and Matthew Franklin
    KEVIN Rudd has promised to take Japan to the International Court of Justice if it doesn't agree before November to stop Antarctic whaling, but a behind-closed-doors deal with the Japanese could blow a big hole in the Prime Minister's case before then. A proposed compromise deal in the International Whaling Commission that would allow Japan to continue its so-called scientific whaling, though on a more limited basis, could wreck Australia's core claim that the practice is illegal under international law. A tough talking Mr Rudd yesterday demanded Japan reduce to zero its Southern Ocean scientific whaling quota. "If we don't...
  • Whaling Activist in Custody on Japanese Boat

    02/16/2010 4:17:58 AM PST · by driftdiver · 25 replies · 589+ views
    Foxnews ^ | feb 16, 2010 | AP
    An anti-whaling activist from New Zealand was in custody on a Japanese vessel and will likely be taken to Japan to face charges after secretly boarding the ship as part of a protest, officials said Tuesday. Diplomats in New Zealand and Tokyo have been meeting to discuss what to do with Peter Bethune, who jumped aboard the Shonan Maru 2 from a Jet Ski on Monday with the stated goal of making a citizen's arrest of the ship's captain, while handing over a $3 million bill for the destruction of his protest ship last month.
  • Anti-whaling activist 'boards Japanese ship'

    02/14/2010 8:43:45 PM PST · by mozarky2 · 43 replies · 1,273+ views
    yahoonews ^ | 2/14/10
    SYDNEY (AFP) – An anti-whaling activist has boarded a Japanese security ship to make a citizen's arrest of its captain over last month's sinking of a high-tech boat, an animal rights group said on Monday.
  • Man Regurgitated From Whale lives To Tell About It

    02/14/2010 8:43:13 AM PST · by OneVike · 26 replies · 1,384+ views
    Enterprise Record Post Scripts | 12/14/10 | Chuck Ness
    These past few weeks I have shared various stories about whales. There was the story about Orca, the killer whale, that decided to take a break from the performance at San Diego's Sea World to eat a pelican that dropped onto the water while the spectators looked on. I also shared the heartwarming tale of the penguin who did all he could to dodge the clutches of a killer whale until he decided to put his trust in mankind by jumping into a rubber raft of spectators for safety. Then just this past week I shared with everyone my...
  • Video Proof Sea the Shepherd Activists Are Pirates Bent on Killing Humans

    02/12/2010 11:42:08 AM PST · by OneVike · 35 replies · 816+ views
    The Way One Vike See's It ^ | 2/12/10 | One Vike
    In my ongoing series of proving that the Sea Shepherd Group is nothing more then a terrorists organization, I have shown a video of the Ady Gill causing its own demise. I posted a video of the activists throwing bottles of but butyric acid at a whaler ship. I also posted evidence that butyric acid can make humans ill and even blind them if the acid get in the eyes. Later I will later show evidence of them using lasers to damage the optic lenses of surveillance video cameras on the whalers so there is no video evidence of their...
  • 3 Japanese whalers injured in protest action (butyric acid lobbed at crew members)

    02/11/2010 7:54:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,052+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/11/10 | Owen Pye - ap
    SYDNEY – Three crew members of a Japanese whaling vessel suffered face and eye injuries from acid fired by anti-whaling protesters during their latest clash in the Antarctic Ocean, their Japanese employers said Friday. The Sea Shepherd protesters said they lobbed butyric acid, produced from stinking rancid butter, which they often aim at the whalers to try to disrupt the annual Japanese hunt. The activists maintain that butyric acid is nontoxic. ... Glenn Inwood, spokesman for Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research, said the injuries were not serious, but he cautioned that butyric acid can cause temporary blindness.
  • Extreme Terrorist Group, "Sea Shepherd" Takes Financial Hit with the Sinking of their Batmobile Boat

    02/11/2010 6:45:07 AM PST · by FredJake · 30 replies · 1,146+ views
    There is a war going on in the Antarctic, a war over the whales. This fish war has become increasingly dangerous for those involved, as more then just nasty words during a protest are being exchanged lately. This war has tempers flaring, nations accusing each other of malfeasance, and boats crashing into each other like what happened when the Yushin Maru 3 crashed into the more aggressive Bob Barker this past Sunday on February 7th. This on the heels of the activist group's pride speed boat the Ady Gil being sunk just last month on its maiden voyage. In that...
  • "Sea Shepherd" Takes Financial Hit (The best video you will see of the collision Awesome)

    02/10/2010 9:02:18 PM PST · by Tom Hawks · 17 replies · 1,127+ views
    The Way One Vike Sees It ^ | 1/10/10 | OneVike
    There is a war going on in the Antarctic, a war over the whales. This fish war has become increasingly dangerous for those involved, as more then just nasty words during a protest are being exchanged lately. This war has tempers flaring, nations accusing each other of maleficence, and boats crashing into each other like what happened when the Yushin Maru 3 crashed into the more aggressive Bob Barker this past Sunday on February 7th. This on the heels of the activist group's pride speed boat the Ady Gil being sunk just last month on its maiden voyage. In...
  • Extreme Terrorist Group, "Sea Shepherd" Takes Financial Hit With the Sinking of their Batmobile Boat

    02/10/2010 10:38:54 AM PST · by OneVike · 106 replies · 2,276+ views
    There is a war going on in the Antarctic, a war over the whales. This fish war has become increasingly dangerous for those involved, as more then just nasty words during a protest are being exchanged lately. This war has tempers flaring, nations accusing each other of maleficence, and boats crashing into each other like what happened when the Yushin Maru 3 crashed into the more aggressive Bob Barker this past Sunday on February 7th. This on the heels of the activist group's pride speed boat the Ady Gil being sunk just last month on its maiden voyage. In...
  • Another Japanese whaling boat collides with Sea Shepherd boat

    02/07/2010 12:22:01 AM PST · by myknowledge · 73 replies · 2,210+ views
    ANOTHER collision has occurred between a Japanese whaling vessel and an anti-whaling Sea Shepherd vessel, this time its latest to enter the fray the Bob Barker. The anti-whaling Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said at 12.09pm today the Yushin Maru 3 intentionally rammed the Bob Barker penetrating its hull and endangering the lives of its crew. No-one was injured. The collision follows a collision between the space age carbon fibre trimaran Ady Gil and the Japanese whaling ship Shonan Maru 2 on January 6.
  • Sea Shepherd lodges piracy charge against Japanese ship

    01/08/2010 4:19:19 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 100 replies · 2,487+ views
    Herald Sun (Australia) ^ | January 9, 2010
    ENVIRONMENT lobby group Sea Shepherd has lodged a piracy complaint in the Netherlands against the captain and crew of a Japanese ship that collided with one of its vessels. "We have lodged a complaint of piracy with the Dutch prosecuting authority against the captain and crew of the Japanese vessel," Sea Shepherd legal representative Liesbeth Zegveld told AFP today. "This was close to murder. It was such an extreme act that if no-one takes action now, we may have an even more serious incident in future." The New Zealand-registered Ady Gil, a high-tech protest boat of the Sea Shepherd group,...
  • Anti-whaling superboat sinks after Japanese collision

    01/08/2010 4:01:06 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 67 replies · 2,116+ views
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | Fri Jan 8, 3:04 am | Talek Harris
    SYDNEY (AFP) – A high-tech protest boat sank without trace on Friday after a dangerous collision with a Japanese whaling ship, as Australia protested to Tokyo over its fleet's alleged tactics. Peter Hammarstedt, first officer of the Sea Shepherd group's "Bob Barker" ship, said the celebrated "Ady Gil" was abandoned overnight after a tow line snapped en route to an Antarctic research base.
  • Whaling Collision [Video of Japanese Vessel Ramming Protestors' Anti- Whaling Stealth Boat]

    01/07/2010 8:35:41 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 52 replies · 2,178+ views
    The Australian ^ | 6 January 2010 | Sky News
    Japanese vessel smashes into Sea Shepherd anti-whaling boat Ady Gil in Aussie waters. Sea Shephard wants police in Antarctica. Videos
  • The bullet-proof 'Batmobile' set to wreak havoc on the Japanese whaling fleets

    11/13/2009 1:10:13 PM PST · by Charlespg · 66 replies · 2,883+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 13th November 2009 | Sara Nelson
    It's sleek, it's fast, and it's reinforced with a ton of bullet-proof Kevlar armour. The mean-looking Ady Gil is the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's newest weapon in their ongoing battle against Japanese whalers. The trimaran - previously known as Earthrace - recently set the world powerboat record for circumnavigation.
  • Space-age powerboat 'sliced in two' by Japan whalers

    01/06/2010 4:39:29 AM PST · by myknowledge · 128 replies · 3,971+ views
    AFP (hosted on Google) ^ | January 6, 2010 | Amy Coopes
    SYDNEY — A space-age powerboat sent to harass Japanese whalers was rammed and sliced in two in its very first clash on Wednesday, activists said, dramatically escalating hostilities in icy Antarctic seas. The futuristic Ady Gil trimaran, which holds the round-the-world record and was enlisted by militant activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for this whaling season, received "catastrophic damage" and was sinking, they said. All six crew, who earlier hurled stink bombs at the whalers to disrupt their annual hunt, were rescued unharmed by Sea Shepherd's Bob Barker ship. Activists described the attack as unprovoked and said it...
  • Protest ship 'sunk by whalers'

    01/05/2010 10:12:48 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 72 replies · 2,327+ views ^ | 6th January 2010
    ANTI-whaling group Sea Shepherd have confirmed one of their protest ships was sunk by Japanese whalers. The Ady Gil, a lightweight 24m (79-foot) boat went under after being rammed off Antarctica by Shonam Maru, a ship detailed to provide security to the rest of the whaling fleet. All six crew members have been rescued.
  • Japan police arrest Greenpeace members over whale meat

    06/20/2008 6:38:50 PM PDT · by bd476 · 5 replies · 231+ views
    TOKYO (AFP) — Japanese police on Friday arrested two Greenpeace members who had alleged corruption in the country's controversial whaling programme, accusing the activists of stealing whale meat. Police raided five locations, including the international environmental group's Japan headquarters in Tokyo, officials said. Police arrested Junichi Sato, 31, a prominent voice in the media against whaling, and fellow Greenpeace member Toru Suzuki, 41, a police spokesman said. Last month, Greenpeace said a lengthy investigation revealed that whalers on the taxpayer-backed hunt had taken home meat and sold it on the black market. It intercepted one box of meat and...
  • Executives harpooned by online 'whalers'

    04/23/2008 6:06:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 201+ views
    Times of London ^ | 04/23/08 | Jonathan Richards
    From Times OnlineApril 23, 2008 Executives harpooned by online 'whalers' Spies and conmen target bosses in e-mail attacks to install malicious software with access to most privileged data Jonathan Richards Corporate bosses have become the latest target of cyber-criminals, after a string of attacks in which senior management have been singled out to receive fraudulent e-mails. Internet fraudsters have taken to sending personally addressed e-mails to chief executives and other high-level executives with a view to installing malicious software on computers that have access to the most privileged company information. In the latest e-mail scam, known as "whaling" because it...
  • Russian-American Research Team Examines Origins Of Whaling Culture

    04/05/2008 8:24:56 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 119+ views
    University Of Alaska - Fairbanks ^ | 4-2-2008 | Kerynn Fisher
    Russian-American research team examines origins of whaling culture Submitted by Kerynn Fisher Phone: 907-474-6941 04/02/08 Un'en'en archaeological site on the Chutkotka Peninsula.(Photos by Sarah Meitl)Detail on the ivory carving excavated during the summer 2007 field season. Recent findings by a Russian-American research team suggest that prehistoric cultures were hunting whales at least 3,000 years ago, 1,000 years earlier than was previously known. University of Alaska Museum of the North archaeology curator Daniel Odess presented the team's findings at the Society for American Archaeology annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia last week. "The importance of whaling in arctic prehistory is clear....
  • 3,000-Year-Old Ivory Carving Depicts Whaling Scene

    04/02/2008 9:46:19 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 219+ views
    3,000-year-old ivory carving depicts whaling scene From ANI London, April 1: Archaeologists working in the Russian Arctic have unearthed a remarkably detailed 3,000-year-old ivory carving that depicts groups of hunters engaged in whaling, which pushes back direct evidence for whaling by about 1,000 years. According to a report in Nature News, the ancient picture implies that northern hunters may have been killing whales 3,000 years ago and commemorating their bravery with pictures carved in ivory. Among the picture which depicts hunters sticking harpoons into whales, the site also yielded heavy stone blades that had been broken as if by some...
  • Whaling scene found in 3,000-year-old picture[Russian Arctic]

    03/31/2008 6:16:51 PM PDT · by BGHater · 7 replies · 944+ views
    Nature News ^ | 31 Mar 2008 | Alexandra Witze
    Arctic carving shows complexity of ancient hunting groups. Northern hunters may have been killing whales 3,000 years ago and commemorating their bravery with pictures carved in ivory. Archaeologists working in the Russian Arctic have unearthed a remarkably detailed carving of groups of hunters engaged in whaling — sticking harpoons into the great mammals. The same site also yielded heavy stone blades that had been broken as if by some mighty impact, and remains from a number of dead whales. All of this adds up to the probability that the site, called Un’en’en, holds the earliest straightforward evidence of the practice...
  • Sinker of ships once a rainbow warrior

    01/18/2008 4:34:25 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies · 128+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 19th January 2008 | Sian Powell
    WHEN the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior was sunk by the French in the port of Auckland in 1985 the world was appalled. The bombing of the converted trawler was deplored as a violent and dangerous act: Portuguese photographer Fernando Pereira was killed. But in a bizarre development, a founding member of Greenpeace has embraced the tactics of the French secret service. Canadian Paul Watson is a sinker of ships. Captain Watson left Greenpeace in 1977 and formed the US-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society -- a vigilante environmentalist group that has sunk 10 ships since 1979. Sea Shepherd's actions have split...
  • British anti-whaling protester held hostage on Japanese harpoon ship offered whale meat for dinner

    01/17/2008 1:56:39 AM PST · by tlb · 32 replies · 634+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 16th January 2008 | RICHARD SHEARS
    The crew of a Japanese harpoon ship holding a British anti-whaling protester captive insist they are treating him well - and have even offered him a meal of whale meat. The Japanese crew accused 36-year-old Mr Giles, from Cuckfield, West Sussex, and an Australian colleague of piracy after the pair stormed the whaling vessel Yushin Maru on Tuesday. Captain Paul Watson, who last year threatened to ram a Japanese whaling flagship, said: "Holding two hostages and demanding that the whaling protests stop before the men were handed over is nothing short of terrorism." As the stalemate dragged on, Japanese officials...
  • Japanese whalers seize British protester and tie him to harpoon ship

    01/15/2008 7:43:41 PM PST · by Stoat · 170 replies · 539+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | January 15, 2008 | RICHARD SHEARS
    Japanese whalers seize British protester and tie him to harpoon shipBy RICHARD SHEARS - More by this author » Last updated at 23:00pm on 15th January 2008This is the moment a British anti-whaling activist was taken captive on a Japanese harpoon ship. Giles Lane appears to be crying out in pain as the sailors surround him and bind him. In the dramatic pictures his companion, an Australian, is wrapped around with rope and seems powerless to help. Scroll down for more... Captured: Giles Lane, left, appears to cry out while his Australian companion (right) looks on Colleagues of the pair...
  • Whalers Take Hostages

    01/15/2008 8:00:51 AM PST · by Cecily · 94 replies · 235+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | January 16, 2008
    TWO anti-whaling campaigners were last night taken hostage and tied to a mast in freezing conditions after a high seas clash with Japanese whalers in the Antarctic. The two crew members of the Sea Shepherd protest ship, Steve Irwin, Benjamin Potts and Giles Lane were tied to the radar mast of Japanese harpoon vessel Yushin Maru after the pair tried to hand over a petition calling for an end to whaling. The drama on the high seas unfolded shortly after 6.30pm when the two men tried to board the ship. A scuffle ensued before the pair was taken hostage and...
  • Japan whalers 'scattered and ran' (Greenpeace harasses whalers)

    01/13/2008 10:36:54 PM PST · by burzum · 35 replies · 196+ views
    CNN ^ | 13 January 2008
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Greenpeace said Monday it has disrupted the Japanese whale hunt off Antarctica by chasing the fleet's whale processing factory ship out of the whaling zone. The six-vessel fleet "scattered and ran" early Saturday when it realized the Greenpeace vessel Esperanza was "heading toward them at high speed," Greenpeace expedition leader Karli Thomas told New Zealand's National Radio. The fleet's three whale hunter vessels "can't operate without the (factory ship) Nisshin Maru there to process the kill," she added.
  • Japan to commence whaling mission

    11/17/2007 1:56:40 PM PST · by cardinal4 · 6 replies · 135+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, 17 November 2007, 13:18 GMT | BBC
    Japan has confirmed that it will carry out its largest whaling programme in the South Pacific. The mission, expected to draw strong protests from environmentalists, will depart on Sunday and breaks a 44-year moratorium on hunting humpback whales. Japan's fisheries ministry said the fleet had instructions to kill up to 1,000 whales, including 50 humpbacks.
  • Makah whalers plead not guilty (arraignment today; only misdemeanor charges available under statute)

    10/12/2007 6:21:59 PM PDT · by Stoat · 5 replies · 251+ views
    Northwest Cable News / KING 5 TV ^ | October 12, 2007 | Roberta Romero
    Makah whalers plead not guilty 05:28 PM PDT on Friday, October 12, 2007  By ROBERTA ROMERO / KING 5 News and Associated Press  SEATTLE - The five Makah Indian whalers accused of illegally killing a gray whale off of Neah Bay pleaded not guilty Friday in federal court in Tacoma. A federal grand jury in Seattle indicted the five on misdemeanor charges of conspiracy, unlawful taking of a marine mammal and unauthorized whaling. They could face up to a year in jail and $100,000 fine if convicted. They also face prosecution in tribal court. #main-video { background:#000; position:relative; top:0px; left:0px;...
  • Australia, Japan clash on YouTube

    10/09/2007 5:04:14 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 161+ views
    The Times of India ^ | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 09, 2007 11:08:24 AM | Reuters
    CANBERRA: Australia has taken its battle against Japanese whaling in the Antarctic to the Internet, with a new YouTube campaign unveiled that targets Japanese children. “Can you imagine what life on Earth would be like without these magnificent creatures? Hundreds of years of whaling have nearly wiped them out,” Australia's Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull says in the video, subtitled in Japanese. Japan plans for the first time to hunt 50 humpback whales in the Antarctic over the coming summer, with the endangered animals currently migrating south along the Australian coast. Japan also plans to hunt 935 minke whales for scientific...