National Dec 27, 2018

Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd 'delighted' by Japan's IWC withdrawal

A U.S.-based marine wildlife conservation organization declared a "victory" in making the Antarctic Ocean a whaling-free zone after Japan announced its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial catches in its economic zone in July. "Sea Shepherd's objective of ending the slaughter of ...

Australia disappointed by Japan's whale hunt in Southern Ocean

National / Politics Jan 16, 2017

Australia disappointed by Japan's whale hunt in Southern Ocean

Australia said Monday it is "deeply disappointed" that Japan has continued whaling in the Southern Ocean after anti-whaling activists published a photograph of a dead whale two days after Australian and Japanese leaders discussed the issue. Australia has long opposed Japanese whaling and the contentious ...

National | ANALYSIS Apr 1, 2014

Ruling puts whaling in doubt

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi says he will look for ways to continue whaling despite an order by the world court to discontinue the hunt.

Declining appetites are bigger threat to whaling

National Apr 1, 2014

Declining appetites are bigger threat to whaling

by Mari Yamaguchi

The greatest threat to Japan's whaling industry may not be the environmentalists harassing its ships or the countries demanding its abolishment, but consumers who have lost their appetite for the delicacy. The amount of whale meat stockpiled for lack of buyers has nearly doubled over ...

Whaling fleet being harassed, Japan says

National Feb 3, 2014

Whaling fleet being harassed, Japan says

The Japanese government slams the conservation group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for employing dangerous tactics to obstruct the operations of Japanese whaling vessels in the Antarctic Ocean over the weekend, causing one of them to suffer damage to its stern.

Sea Shepherd: Dolphin roundup biggest in four years

National Jan 22, 2014

Sea Shepherd: Dolphin roundup biggest in four years

Fishermen in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, have finished killing about 40 dolphins targeted for their meat as part of a larger group trapped recently in what activists say was the biggest roundup they have witnessed in the last four annual hunts. Sea Shepherd, best known for ...

Sea Shepherd's Watson tells U.S. court, 'We're not pirates'

World / Crime & Legal Nov 7, 2013

Sea Shepherd's Watson tells U.S. court, 'We're not pirates'

A fugitive activist known for attacking Japanese whaling vessels off Antarctica insisted "we're not pirates" Wednesday as he addressed a U.S. appeals court considering whether he and the organization he founded should be held in contempt. Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, ...