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.
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.
Lori Marino, February 2016
The world is horrified by the recent upsetting story of an infant Franciscana dolphin who was taken out of the water by beachgoers in Argentina and passed around as a prop for selfies, and who then died. The unfortunate infant could not maintain body temperature, and she likely became dehydrated when out of the water.
But her death is so much more than just a case of a manhandled animal. Her story is a microcosm of what our species does to other animals every day, treating them as objects for our benefit, with value only as long as they provide entertainment.
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.
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. We also demand the cessation of whaling by Japan, Norway and Iceland.Sign Here >
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 >
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.Read More >