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Obama Administration to Appeal WTO Decision Against Dolphins

Mexico Is Seeking to Overturn the Dolphin Safe Label on Tuna

The Obama administration announced last week that it is in the process of appealing a 2011 decision by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that seeks to weaken the US Dolphin Safe tuna standards. The move has been applauded by Earth Island Institute’s…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – January 25, 2012

WTO Ruling on US ‘Dolphin Safe’ Tuna Label is a Mixed Bag

False Claims by Mexico and Other Nations Shouldn’t Weaken Label’s Standards

A World Trade Organization (WTO) decision on the “Dolphin Safe” tuna label has been making headlines lately, leading to speculation about what it means for the status of the label and the standards the tuna industry require to maintain to be eligible…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – September 22, 2011

International Marine Mammal Project

Sting Supports the Dolphins

This winter, several volunteers have gone to Taiji, Japan at their own expense to monitor the annual dolphin hunts on behalf of Earth Island’s IMMP. They’ve provided updates for Ric O’Barry’s blog www.SaveJapanDolphins.org and filmed the unimaginable carnage as dolphins die among their own family in a welter of blood. The videos graphically show that recent claims by the Japan Fisheries Agency are a lie. Japanese officials have said that since the…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – Spring 2011

International Marine Mammal Project

Save Japan Dolphins Goes Global

International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP) has been busy around the world in the past few months protecting dolphins and whales and their marine habitat. Ric O’Barry, in particular, has been working to save dolphins in captivity. Ric brought 50 volunteers from eight countries to Tokyo for the September 1 start of the 2010 dolphin-hunting season. Ric and the Save Japan Dolphins team hosted a reception for Japanese activists and presented 1.7 million…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – Winter 2011

International Marine Mammal Project

The Cove Spurs Free-Speech Dialogue in Japan; IWC Spares Whaling Moratorium

 Ric O’Barry and his son Lincoln star in the Animal Planet show Blood Dolphins, about their efforts to stop dolphin captures. IWC Spares Whaling Moratorium Earth Island Institute and other animal welfare organizations fought hard this summer to beat an effort by Japan, Iceland, and Norway to legalize their whaling activities. The Obama administration had been looking to broker some type of compromise with the whaling nations at the International Whaling Commission…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – Autumn 2010

International Marine Mammal Project

And the Oscar Goes to …

The effort to halt the annual dolphin slaugher in Taiji, Japan got a major boost when The Cove won the Oscar for Best Documentary. Earth Island’s Ric O’Barry joined Director Louie Psihoyos and several producers onstage in Los Angeles to accept the award. As producer Fisher Stevens was giving his acceptance speech O’Barry held up a sign reading, “Text Dolphin to 44144.” The camera quickly veered away, but the split second shot…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – Summer 2010

Harpoon

by Andrew Darby
300 pages, De Capo Press, 2007

Andrew Darby is one of the world’s best-informed journalists when it comes to whaling issues. A reporter from Tasmania, Darby has created a niche for himself by following the meetings of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) year after year. In his new(ish) book, Harpoon: Into the Heart of Whaling, he shows off his expertise as he uncovers the full dysfunction of this odd global institution. The IWC was established in 1949 with…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – Spring 2010

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