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Despite a ban on commercial whaling, whales are still hunted. A few countries still kill thousands of the animals each year and want to re-open the seas to full-scale commercial whaling. HSI is calling for a global whale sanctuary to end all whaling for commercial purposes forever.

  • Save whales, not whaling. Anders Peter Amsnæs/istock

  • Majestic and awe-inspiring. Karten Leuth/istock

  • Whaling is outdated and inhumane. Marshall Bruce/istock

Certifying Iceland

In February 2014, the U.S. Dept. of the Interior certified Iceland for its international trade in whale meat and other products that undermine trade bans imposed by CITES.

President Obama now has the option to send a strong anti-whaling message by imposing trade sanctions.

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  • 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.

  • March 18, 2014

    Rakuten - The World's Biggest Online Retailer of Elephant Ivory and Whale Meat

    A report by the Environmental Investigation Agency and HSI exposed Japanese retail giant Rakuten as the world’s biggest online marketplace for elephant ivory and whale meat products.

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