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Green councillor wants whales, dolphins question on Vancouver's election ballot

VANCOUVER - A Vancouver councillor says the issue of whales and dolphins at the city's aquarium should be addressed through a question on the municipal election ballot. Green party Coun. Adrianne Carr says she wants council to consider the matter at its next meeting on April 29. Carr says the question would only be added to the ballot if the park board and the Vancouver Aquarium don't reach an agreement before the November election to phase out keeping whales and dolphins in captivity.

Japan lawmakers demand continued whaling

Japanese lawmakers on Wednesday demanded the government redesign its "research" whaling programme to circumvent an international court ruling that described the programme as a commercial hunt dressed up as science. The 40-strong fisheries committee, made up of a cross-section of members of the lower house, unanimously passed a resolution urging the administration study "all sorts of options, including walking out of the (international whaling) convention".

Lower house committee urges gov't to continue whaling

Japan's lower house committee on fisheries urged the government Wednesday to continue its whaling program despite a U.N. court last month ordering Tokyo to halt whaling in the Antarctic Sea. The House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries adopted a resolution calling on the government to draw up a new whaling program so it can win acceptance as "rational."

Japan pro-whaling lobby vows to continue hunts despite court ruling halting Antarctic program

TOKYO - Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members have vowed to continue whale hunts despite a world court ruling that halted the country's Antarctic whaling program. Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told the meeting Tuesday that Japan must protect its whale-eating culture and secure sources of whale meat. Whale meat dishes were served at the gathering near Japan's parliament.

Japan pro-whaling lobby vows to continue hunts despite court ruling halting Antarctic program

TOKYO - Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members have vowed to continue whale hunts despite a world court ruling that halted the country's Antarctic whaling program. Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told the meeting Tuesday that Japan must protect its whale-eating culture and secure sources of whale meat. Whale meat dishes were served at the gathering near Japan's parliament.

Japan fisheries minister willing to continue whaling in Pacific

Japan's fisheries minister on Tuesday expressed willingness to continue whaling in the Pacific, despite a recent U.N. court order directing Tokyo to halt its whaling program in the Antarctic. At the outset of a meeting with the president of a research whaling company, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said he is determined to "maintain the solid policy of preserving whale-eating culture and securing supply of whale meat," emphasizing the importance of sustainable use of whale stocks.

Japan says no decision on 2015-16 whaling

Japan on Monday insisted it had made no decision on whether to resume whaling in the Southern Ocean next year, after a militant environmental group said Tokyo intended to evade an international court ruling. Tokyo this month said it was "deeply disappointed" that the UN's top court declared the annual Antarctic whaling hunt was a commercial activity disguised as science, but was calling the 2014-15 hunt off.

Japan intends to resume whaling in 2015

Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research on Friday filed briefs in the U.S. District Court in Seattle stating its intent to resume whale hunting in the Southern Ocean as early as fiscal 2015. The move immediately faced strong opposition from conservation group Sea Shepherd as it came less than two weeks after the International Court of Justice ordered Japan on March 31 to stop its so-called research whaling in the ocean.

AP Analysis: Ruling that scrapped Antarctic whaling gives Japan face-saving way to end program

TOKYO - The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out. The Antarctic program was nearly bankrupt, but if the government had overhauled it on its own, it would have incurred the wrath of a strong anti-whaling lobby, and could have been criticized for caving in to foreign anti-whaling activists. Now officials can say the court forced their hand.

Japan confirms it will abide by int'l court ruling on whaling

The Japanese government confirmed Friday it will abide by the U.N. court's recent ruling that ordered it to halt its whaling program in the Antarctic Ocean. Tokyo is "deeply disappointed" but will "comply with the ruling" given March 31 by the International Court of Justice in The Hague as a nation that respects the rule of law, Prime minister Shinzo Abe's administration said in a written response to a lawmaker's inquiry.
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