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 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. Despite a ban on captures and export, dolphins around the Solomon Islands still face threats of capture, slaughter and export, as is illustrated in the adjacent video, "Pillaging the Solomons".
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.
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. We continue to monitor the situation in the Solomon Islands to ensure that the current ban on the capture and export of dolphins is upheld.
Sharon Ryals Tamm, September 2017
For more than 30 years the government of Japan has used the research loophole in the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) 1985-86 worldwide commercial whaling moratorium to continue their whale slaughter. In the name of science, the Japanese Government took over whaling from commercial interests and have since killed thousands of whales with very little real scientific information to show for it.
Now, the recently passed Japanese Government Act #76 openly declares what has long been obvious to many, that the “research done on” hundreds of whales killed annually—(measuring length, weight, stomach contents, and sex—plus the sex of fetuses as many whales caught are pregnant females)—is (and has been) solely to support a full return to commercial whaling.
Laura Bridgeman, September 2017
The vaquita porpoise remains treacherously close to becoming extinct forever: biologists believe there are fewer than 30 animals alive today. That’s smaller than the size of an average high school classroom.
Back in April, the International Marine Mammal Project joined more than 50 environmental organizations in a boycott against the Mexican shrimpindustry. However, according to Greenpeace Mexico’s new online petition, the government has yet to stop the fishing of totoaba, one of the primary factors behind the vaquita’s decline.
Whaling is a cruel, outdated practice. Hunting and killing dolphins for food and captivity has been proven as being inhumane. We demand that the IWC to include small cetaceans in their purview and advocate for increased cetacean protection.Sign Here >
The depleted designation now makes it illegal to import any belugas from this population into the United States for public display, including belugas captured from this stock that are already in captivity and their offspring.Read More >
Did you know that one of the biggest supporters of the Icelandic whaling industry is tourism? Learn what you can do to avoid supporting this inhumane practice.Read More >