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.
Mark J. Palmer, May 2017
Blackbeard's Cay is a swim-with-dolphins facility that has deplorable conditions: the dolphin pens are only 7 feet deep at mid-tide, there is no shade, and there is no protection in case of hurricanes.
The Bahamas courts have repeatedly ruled against the developer of Blackbeard’s Cay. But the owner is continuing his appeals and, even more objectionable, is planning to expand the development.
A CBS 8 News story recently delved into the tragic world of captive dolphins at the Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) base in San Diego bay. The facility holds an astonishing 85 dolphins, or grayfish, as they are called in the news story as an homage to Blackfish, the documentary that revealed the hidden harm to captive orcas at SeaWorld for years.
These mostly bottlenose dolphins are used for naval exercises, including some extremely dangerous stunts, and medical research, and undercover footage shows that some of them have recently been extremely ill. On April 11, a 46-year-old male named Makai was “euthanized” reportedly due to old age.
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 >