Whales win one: Will Japan abide by ban?

Blue whale w panga

Previously posted on CNN.com. On March 31 the World Court in the Hague ruled that Japan’s “scientific” whale-hunting was baloney. It ordered Japan to revoke its “scientific research” permits to all its ships, effectively tying Japan’s fleet to the dock and silencing the cannons and exploding bombs that are the way whales die nowadays. Japan […]

Cruelty, Not Culture, in Japan’s Dolphin Hunt

Previously posted on: CNN CNN blog in Spanish: CNN Spanish Huffington Post: HUFFPOST I just read, ” A Veterinary and Behavioral Analysis of Dolphin Killing Methods Currently Used in the “Drive Hunt” in Taiji, Japan,” in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. And as we’ll see, the “new” method creates such terror that it […]

Swimming With Giant Tuna


First posted on Huffington Post on October 1, 2012. Greetings from my hardship post. I am at North Lake harbor on Prince Edward Island.  I’m here to witness giant bluefin tuna. Giant? Essentially all the fish weigh between 500 and 1,000 pounds. So, yeah, giant. Fishermen like Ross Keus want to develop no-kill bluefin tourism, […]

Did Outsider Pressure Speed The End Of Japan’s Antarctic Whaling—Or Prolong It?

Japan’s Antarctic whalers have given up the season early, having killed few whales. But I wonder: If Westerners had ignored Japan’s whaling, would its whaling have died sooner, of its own internal economic problems? Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, whose boats have for several years harassed Japan’s whaling vessels in the Antarctic, claim victory. Sea Shepherd […]