Why Whales Are Not Monsters

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Together with 11 other conservation and welfare organisations, HSI recently launched a petition urging the UK government to do just this. If you care about the whales and you are a UK citizen or live in the UK, please sign and share the petition to get your voice heard.

The Murder of the Whales, Courtesy of the Royal Danish Navy

Captain Paul Watson | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Captain Paul Watson

142 pilot whales were slaughtered on the night of July 23 on the beach at Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands. 1,100 people and more than a hundred boats participated, backed up by two Danish Navy warships the Triton and the Knut Rasmussen.

Graphic Images Released As Hundreds Of Whales Are Killed In Faroe Islands Slaughter

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK

Graphic footage and images have been released of the controversial annual whale slaughter in the Danish Faroe Islands. Animal rights campaigners, S...

Should We Make a Deal With Japan Over Whaling?

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

On at least two occasions since the moratorium on commercial whaling was agreed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), member nations have circled around the idea of coming to some form of compromise between the pro-whaling and the pro-whale sides. These attempts at compromise have failed and the moratorium remains in place, but there are indications that another deal is in the offing. This is an unfortunate development.

Nearly Three Million Dead Whales Raise Questions

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Counting whale corpses matters! It not only shows how devastating whaling has been but as the latest revelations show, it also underpins one of the key arguments against any resumption of commercial whaling in the future - which is that whaling must be subject to independent scrutiny...

Whaling: Japan Asks the Questions!

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Japan should note that the commitment of those peoples and nations that see no place for whaling for profit in the modern world remains strong and, if anything, the current Japanese inquisition will be causing them to sharpen up their arguments and resolve against commercial whaling.

Women and Whaling: Scientifically Women Should be Mothers First, and Career Should Come Third (After Their Husband)

Olga Levancuka | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

They don't blatantly say women should stay at home. Well they do, or to be precise they did, but since it was all too obvious, the public reaction forced them to become craftier at their messages. And, rather scientifically, as in whaling, the politicians turned toward actions and away from words.

Whither Japanese Whaling

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

For the moment, Japan seems intent on launching its plan for a new 'scientific' whaling programme in the Southern Ocean. Whilst it has some allies, the issue drives a wedge between Japan and many other nations. Japan may be able to deflect charges against whaling, including that it is cruel, by casting such criticism as a form of anti-Japanese cultural imperialism. Our only hope is that, given the ICJ ruling is above any rhetoric or politics, perhaps those in power in Japan will be better able to see that commercial whaling is ecologically unsound, uneconomic and, in terms of international relations, disastrous.

Carry on Whaling

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Countries worldwide must take decisive and meaningful action to bring the slaughter to an end, and the démarche is a good start on this march towards a fully effective worldwide ban on commercial killing of the whales.

Why Whaling Refuses to Die

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

There was a time when the fight to save the whales was at the forefront of environmental concerns. Sadly, this is no longer true and, as we approach the next meeting of the International Whaling Commission a little later this month, it is worth reflecting on the dilemmas now facing those who continue to oppose whaling for profit.

Sea Shepherd Slam 'Desperate' Whalers As Hunting Season Starts In Japan

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK

Conservationists have spoken out after gruesome images emerged this week of a dead whale being carved up in front of a group of schoolchildren in Wada...

For Sea Shepherd - A Vindication

Captain Paul Watson | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK
Captain Paul Watson

We have been opposing the Japanese whaling fleets in the Southern Ocean since 2002 and we have undertaken ten campaigns with numerous ships and more than a thousand volunteers to non-violently intervene against what we have always insisted is illegal whaling. Japan filed suit against Sea Shepherd USA in the U.S. courts and had Sea Shepherd and myself charged with numerous counts of contempt for which we were found not guilty. Japanese whalers destroyed a Sea Shepherd vessel and injured numerous Sea Shepherd crew-members.

Japan's 'Scientific' Whaling Programme Might Finally Be Over

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK

Japan's "scientific" Antarctic whaling programme is commercial whaling in disguise, and should be banned, the UN International Court of Justice has ru...

WATCH: Sea Shepherd Attacked By Japanese Whalers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK

Sea Shepherd have claimed they were ambushed under the cover of darkness Sunday by a Japanese whaling fleet in a "ruthless assault" to disable their s...

WATCH: Dramatic Footage Of Anti-Whaling Activists 'Attacked'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK

Sea Shepherd, the anti-whaling activist group, has released video of one of its ships being "rammed" by a Japanese harpoon ship, in what the organisat...

WATCH: Stranded Whales in New Zealand Euthanised

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Frantic attempts to save eight whales who became stranded on New Zealand's South Island have ended in tragedy. Thirteen pilot whales from the pod b...

Whale Meat Used In Icelandic Beer 'Will Make Vikings Of Drinkers', Promises Brewery

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

An Icelandic brewery has reportedly teamed up with a whaling company to create… you guessed it, a beer containing extracts of whale. The 5.2% co...

LOOK: Dolphins Rounded Up Before Hunt

Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK

Conservationists have published photos showing a pod of Bottlenose dolphins forced into a Japanese cove before they are butchered. (function(d, s,...

Charlotte Meredith


HuffingtonPost.com | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK

Shocking new undercover images have shown the distressing moment a pod of Pilot Whales were slaughtered in a cove in Japan. Trapped with no escape,...

That's Why Mums Shouldn't Go to Iceland (Or Dads, Kids... Indeed Anyone)

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

After a two year voluntary ban, Iceland has resumed commercial whaling - against international opinion and against the mandates of the International Whaling Commission, which Iceland doesn't recognise.

How a Rap About Herman Melville Brought Me to Nantucket

MC Lars | Posted 11.02.2012 | Home
MC Lars

Growing up, I had always felt like a cultural tourist in the world of hip-hop. I remember listening to Dr. Dre's Chronic album as a kid and marveling at how an adult like Dre could use words that I wasn't supposed to use around parents.