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Stop Whaling

Whaling is cruel and unnecessary and must stop. Commercial whaling is effectively banned. Trade in whale products is forbidden. Yet, every year, Japan, Norway and Iceland kill around 1,500 whales between them. They defy international bans and global opinion and they hunt whales even though there is little demand for the meat. The whaling nations resort to desperate measures to offload whale meat. In Iceland, whale meat is sold mostly to tourists, not locals. In Japan whale is even used in pet food. In Norway it’s in animal feed on fur farms.

Whaling harpoon
Whaling harpoon

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, WDC works at the highest political, diplomatic and scientific levels to stop the hunts. You can help us investigate and expose illegal trade, work with local NGOs and educate the public in whaling nations and educate tourists to whaling countries whose actions fuel the slaughter.

There is no justification for this killing. Join us and make it stop.

Introduction to whaling

Some whales live to over 200 years old and are slow to reproduce. Hunting has a major impact on populations. An estimated three million whales were killed in the twentieth century alone. Vast numbers of North Atlantic right whales used to live in the waters around the USA. Only around 400 remain. The blue whale, the largest creature on Earth, has never recovered from hunting. Hundreds of thousands were slaughtered up until the 1960s. As few as 10,000 to 20,000 survive today.

It’s not just about numbers. WDC is at the forefront of the scientific movement uncovering the devastating impact of hunting on whale communities and societies. We are beginning to understand the repercussions of the slaughter of just one significant individual such as a matriarch. Plus of course, whaling is just plain cruel. There is no humane way to kill a whale at sea. Many die a slow, painful death.

Let’s consign whaling to the history books. You can help shape the future.

Astrid Fuchs leads WDC's international Stop Whaling team. Astrid's background is in European environmental law and she represents WDC in various international assemblies such as the International Whaling Commission and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Astrid has been active in animal rights and conservation since school and started working with WDC in 2005 as a volunteer at the Scottish Dolphin Centre.