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, July 2017
This is the second of a series of articles on the impacts of global warming on marine mammals. Global warming is being caused by gases that are emitted by human activities – particularly the burning of fossil fuels, methane from livestock and warming permafrost layers, and the cutting of trees and pollution of the ocean which impedes the absorption of excess greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane. What can you do? Use less energy and eat less meat, for starters.
Mark J. Palmer, July 2017
The Trump Administration is reviewing eleven major National Marine Sanctuaries and National Marine Monuments for potential shrinkage to open up more marine areas to offshore oil drilling. The review, conducted by the Secretary of Commerce, includes four sanctuaries off the coast of California, several in New England, the South Pacific and one in the Great Lakes. These areas were designated by previous Presidents, including Republican Presidents, due to their important ecological diversity and value for fishing grounds and recreation.
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 >