Protecting Whales From Shipping Around Sri Lanka

Local conservationalists and the International shipping community have cooperated  and committed to moving the shipping lanes 17 miles away to avoid ship/whale collisions in the busy waters around Sri Lanka’s busiest port.

The Sri Lankan habitat attracts great quantities of shrimp, a favourite food of the great blue whale. Population of this whale species in the area is estimated at between 600 and 1500 for these 100 foot giants…

The government of Sri Lanka has not yet approved this move fearing a loss in shipping traffic. The shipping industry replies that at great effort from within their industry they have solid agreement within their industry to support this important move. A win/win for both whales and shipping.

 

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Japan’s Whaling Start Date is Fast Approaching

Japan will resume whaling in earnest starting in July of this year. Further, interests in Japan are trying to market the inclusion of whale meat in the diet to young people (i.e develop new consumers). And we already know Japan imports whale meat products from Iceland for pet food manufacture.

Will Japan Eat the World?

How can you help bring pressure to bear against the Japanese whale meat business. Boycott Japanese goods, particularly automobles, electronics.  Stay away from Shushi Bars; much of their product even outside Japan is imported from Japan. Write, phone, text, email the Japanese tourism authorities —  tell them you are not happy. Make much noise!

TM

 

In “Bermuda is for lovers in whale community,” Sekou Hendrickson (The Royal Gazette) brings attention to Andrew Stevenson’s documentary film The Secret Lives of the Humpbacks, a sequel to his 2010 film Where the Whales Sing. Stevenson has spent many years observing North Atlantic humpback whales off Bermuda. Bermuda’s unique role as a meeting place for humpback whales […]

via Film: “The Secret Lives of the Humpbacks” — Repeating Islands

Japan to resume whaling in July 2019

The Japanese government decided to resume whaling in July of this year, reasoning that the world whale populations have stabilized.

In it’s peak whaling year, 1964, Japan slaughtered 24,000 whales.  In recent years Japan has focused on Antarctic and Offshore Mink and other whale hunting. Japan also buys whale meat from Iceland.

Japan has been criticized recently for trying to grow the whale consumption market by promoting consumption to young people. Whale meat is also used for pet food in Japan.

People who are are concerned about this turnabout should support the boycott of Japanese manufactured goods; particularly motor vehicles and electronics.

TM