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.
In a landmark case, Australia (joined by New Zealand) took Japan to the International Court of Justice over its lethal "scientific" whaling.
Whatever the judges decide, it is likely to change the situation at the IWC forever, with probable knock-on effects for other treaties and aspects of international law.Learn More
June 26, 2013
HSI welcomed the start of the hearings in Australia’s unprecedented case against Japan’s so-called ‘scientific whaling’ of minke and fin whales in the Antarctic at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
December 5, 2012
Read the statement from HSI Vice President Kitty Block, praising the government of South Korea for its decision to drop its controversial proposal to launch a lethal scientific whaling program in 2013.
July 6, 2012
With its most volatile business having been completed earlier in the week, the International Whaling Commission spent Day Five on routine discussions on administrative matters.
July 6, 2012
HSI's delegation to the 64th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission, held in Panama City, Panama, called upon conservation nations of the IWC to challenge Korea’s plans to go whaling under Article VIII scientific exemption clause.