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 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.Learn More
February 7, 2014
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
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.