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The International Whaling Commission was intended to conserve whale stocks and regulate commercial and aboriginal whaling, but most member nations believe it has evolved into a conservation treaty.
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IWC 64

HSI staff attended the 64th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Panama from July 2-6, 2012. Our Opening Statement

IWC News & Resources

  • April 2, 2014

    A Détente in Whale Wars?

    Japan announced that it would not send a whaling fleet to the Southern Ocean for the 2014 hunting season, and Rakuten.com said it would ban the sale of whale and dolphin meat.

  • March 31, 2014

    Top UN Court Orders Japan to End Antarctic Whaling

    HSI and The HSUS welcomed the ruling of the International Court of Justice that Japan’s whaling program is a breach of the global whaling moratorium and lacks scientific legitimacy in regard to the quotas set and the numbers taken.

  • March 31, 2014

    A Whale of a Ruling

    The ICJ ruled that Japan's southern ocean whaling activities were in breach of the International Convention on the Regulation of Whaling.

  • February 7, 2014

    U.S. Declares Iceland in Defiance of Global Trade Ban on Whale Products

    Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell issued a formal declaration that Iceland is undermining the effectiveness of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and its prohibition on international commercial trade in whale products.

  • June 26, 2013

    Whales in the Courtroom

    Australia took Japan to court to try to end scientific whaling in the Southern Ocean.


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