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 Palmer, January 2018
Several species of whales and dolphins are seriously endangered in oceans around the world. One of the main culprits, in many instances, is commercial fishing gear, including nets (especially gill nets) and other fishing gear.
Gill nets have long been recognized as a serious threat to dolphins and whales. Old-style gill nets were made of woven rope and apparently were not a serious threat to cetaceans, who could detect the nets with their own echo-location hearing – some speculate that the woven ropes held air bubbles which bounced off sounds sent out by dolphins and whales to navigate and find food.
Mark J. Palmer, December 2017
Trump has initiated the first ever reduction in size of US National Monuments, which had been established by Presidents Bush and Obama.
Sign and share our petition demanding that he not destroy national marine monuments, upon which countless dolphins and whales rely!
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Pilot whales are killed each year in ways that are not humane. Watch the video and sign the petition!Read More >
Tourism is among the biggest supporters of the Icelandic whaling. Learn what you can do to avoid supporting this inhumane practice.Read More >