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.
Laura Bridgeman, November 2017
Good news! Vaquita CPR, an endeavor that was supposed to save the Vaquita from extinction, has finally been terminated, due to it’s completely abysmal failure.
The plan, known as Vaquita CPR, may have sounded good at first glance. Four dolphins who are held captive by the Navy - named Andrea, Fathom, Katrina and Splash - were transported to San Felipe, Mexico a few weeks ago, where they were deployed to the wild ocean to locate and round up the vaquita, of whom there are only an estimated 30 individuals left. Any vaquita they captured would then be sent to a netted cage in the ocean, where scientists would attempt to establish a breeding colony to eventually release back into the wild.
Mark J. Palmer, November 2017
Oil Industry Legislation Will Open Our Oceans to New Drilling and Noise Assault by Weakening MMPA and ESA Wildlife Protections
The House Natural Resources Committee has approved new legislation, HR 4239, to gut laws set up to protect whales and dolphins from the impacts of offshore oil drilling, even transferring jurisdiction over marine mammals to the agency that issues the permits to oil companies to drill!
The SECURE Energy Act (HR 4239) was introduced by Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Republican Majority Whip, and is on a fast track to pass Congress.
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 >