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The Problem 

Whales and dolphins continue to be killed around the world and need our help. Japan, Iceland, and Norway kill more than 1,000 minke, fin, and other great whale species every year, all for meager sales of whale meat. Thousands of dolphins are still killed every year in Japan and the Solomon Islands for meat, and in Indonesia and Peru for shark bait. Whales and dolphins continue to be captured in Russia, Cuba, and Japan for export to captivity facilities.

Our Action Campaign 

We have a long history of working within the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to end commercial whaling. In 1982, we helped pass a moratorium on commercial whaling. We publish a daily newsletter, ECO, at IWC meetings, which is the voice for whales and the environmental community. We work with grassroots groups to educate local fishermen about the need to stop the killing of dolphins and sharks. And we support the growing efforts for watching wild dolphins and whales rather than killing them. We support community efforts to replace dolphin killing with dolphin tourism in places like the Solomon Islands, and fight to block the import and export to captivity of wild dolphins, belugas, and orca whales.

Current Challenges 

Commercial whaling, undertaken under the guise of “scientific” whaling, must be stopped. Japan is planning more illegal whaling in Antarctica, in defiance of the legal ruling against the country in the International Court of Justice at the Hague. Iceland and Norway are also defiant. We work to stop the import of wild belugas captured in Russia for U.S. captivity facilities, and to blow the whistle on live dolphin exports from the cruel “cove” drive hunts to places such as Dubai and China.  

Big Win For Beluga Whales

Big Win For Beluga Whales

Mark Palmer, November 18, 2015

http://savedolphins.eii.org/news/entry/protecting-solomons-islands-dolphins-through-eco-tourismBREAKING NEWS!  The Georgia Aquarium has just announced that it will NOT appeal the US Federal court opinion. Thus, the decision is final and the belugas will not be imported to the US.

The US Federal court ruled the permit for 18 wild-caught beluga whales caught in Russian waters and proposed for import to the Georgia Aquarium, and Shedd Aquarium is BLOCKED. The Dolphin and Whale Project of Earth Island Institute intervened in the case as a defendent on the side of the US National Marine Fisheries Service which denied issuing the required import permit. "This federal court ruling is a stunning rebuke to every captive whale facility that tries to profit off ripping belugas, orcas and other marine mammals from the wild, despite cruel capture methods and damage to their populations,” stated David Phillips, Director of the International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute.

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Protecting Dolphins in the Solomon Islands

Protecting Dolphins in the Solomon Islands

Mark Palmer, October 1, 2015

Staff member Lawrence Makili describes the efforts of working for dolphin protection in this island nation.  Threats to dolphins include the efforts by dolphin traders to capture them for sale to aquariums around the world, and villages that have a long history of killing dolphins both for food and for their teeth.

Lawrence reports how Earth Island is participating with joint meetings alongside the Solomon’s government and the people of Bita-ama to help assist a plan by the villagers to support eco-tourism in Bita-ama on the island of Malaita with dolphin watching as a key part.

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CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHTS

World Trade Organization Ruling Attacks Dolphins

World Trade Organization Ruling Attacks Dolphins

The World Trade Organization panel finding is little more than a ploy to sacrifice dolphins and undermine the successful dolphin-safe labeling program adopted by the U.S. Congress, all to reward Mexican companies trying to foist their dolphin-deadly tuna on U.S. supermarket shelves with a false label.

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Beluga

Beluga "Maris" Dies at Georgia Aquarium

Michael Mountain's real story behind the death of another beluga whale at the Georgia Aquarium. This aquarium is underwritten by Bernie Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot.

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Peru Dolphins Killed For Shark Bait

Peru Dolphins Killed For Shark Bait

Peru has outlawed dolphin killing, but dolphins are turning up dead in its waters. Investigations by Hardy Jones and his group, Bluevoice, and the environmental organization Mundo Azul have shown that dolphins are being slaughtered for shark bait for the Asian shark fin market.

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