Taiji dolphin culls dealt setback

Apr 25, 2015

Taiji dolphin culls dealt setback

by Rob Gilhooly

The world’s leading zoo organization announces it has lost patience with Japan’s continued use of dolphins from the fisheries drives at Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, and suspends its Japanese member from its roster.

Mass beaching fuels fears of impending quake

Apr 12, 2015

Mass beaching fuels fears of impending quake

The mass beaching of over 150 melon-headed whales on Japan’s shores has fueled fears of a repeat of a seemingly unrelated event in the country — the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami that killed over 18,000 people. Despite a lack of scientific evidence linking ...

Modern technology aids whale research

| Jan 10, 2015

Modern technology aids whale research

by Mark Brazil

In my last column of 2014, “Twelve ways to spend 2015 with nature,” I mentioned the possibility of taking a whale-watching trip to the Ogasawara Islands. Ignore the international media hype about the country’s pelagic whaling industry — it’s a dying custom; instead, focus ...

Contentious annual dolphin hunt begins in Taiji

Sep 17, 2014

Contentious annual dolphin hunt begins in Taiji

The first dolphins of the season were slaughtered Tuesday in the small town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, campaigners and a local fishermen’s union said, commencing an annual cull repeatedly condemned by animal rights groups. Activists from the environmentalist group Sea Shepherd have been monitoring ...

Feb 1, 2014

Defend dolphins, not a 'tradition'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's argument that the force of tradition justifies the herding, capturing and slaughtering of dolphins is a flimsy one. It is an inhumane practice that should be stopped.

Kennedy tweets concern over Taiji dolphin hunt

Jan 19, 2014

Kennedy tweets concern over Taiji dolphin hunt

U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy has tweeted her concern at the “inhumaneness” of a Wakayama Prefecture village’s traditional dolphin hunt. “Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG (U.S. Government) opposes drive hunt fisheries,” she tweeted Friday. Kennedy, the lone surviving child of ...