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Japan must halt whaling, court says

This is great news:

An international court has ordered Japan to revoke whaling permits in the Antarctic and stop granting new ones.

The country’s government had argued that hunting whales was part of a research program, but the International Court of Justice ruled Monday that Japan hasn’t generated enough scientific research to justify killing hundreds of whales. Critics said the hunts were instead a way to justify commercial hunting.

Under the whaling program, Japan had set annual “lethal sample size” limits of 50 per species for fin whales and humpback whales, in addition to approximately 850 Antarctic minke whales. But the court said the research program had generated only two peer-reviewed papers that together refer to nine whales.


April 1, 2014   No Comments

Penguins vs. climate change

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We all know or should know by now that polar bears are suffering from reduced ice up north.

But few people know about what’s happening to penguins down south.

If you have a spare 10 minutes, listen to this interview with Dee Boersma on her recent study about Magellanic Penguins  in Punta Tombo, Argentina.

I was fortunate to have visited Punta Tombo many years ago (it inspired The Tourist Trail).

It’s a sobering interview but please do listen and share it.

It’s important that more people understand that these penguins need our help — and that we can help.


February 4, 2014   Comments Off

Among Animals — A collection of stories that everyone should read


I’m biased, of course. I’m the editor.

But I’m also a reader and I’ve consistently been frustrated over the years by the lack of novels and short stories that truly “get” the complex (and often violent) relationships between humans and animals.

I’m immensely proud of this book.

If you’re a member of the media or book blogger and would like to review it, please contact me.

Among Animals: The Lives of Animals and Humans in Contemporary Short Fiction

January 31, 2014   Comments Off


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January 6, 2014   Comments Off

We are not pirates

It’s a shame what the US government is doing on behalf of the Japanese whalers.

Paul Watson was forced to testify in Seattle yesterday to, hopefully, avoid criminal prosecution.


November 7, 2013   Comments Off