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.
October 13, 2016
HSI celebrates 30th anniversary of international whaling moratorium and calls on Japan, Iceland and Norway to join the rest of the world in abiding by it
Ahead of the 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission, HSI celebrated the whales spared in the three decades since the international moratorium on commercial whaling, but called for IWC member nations to condemn the willful disregard of the ban by Japan, Iceland and Norway.
July 6, 2016
HSI applauded the European Parliament for adopting a resolution on Japan’s decision to resume whaling in the 2015-2016 season. By voting for the resolution, MEPs voiced their support for the maintenance of the global moratorium on commercial whaling. They urge Japan to cease its ‘scientific’ whaling activities and to commit to its international obligations regarding the protection of marine mammals.
April 1, 2016
In a letter to President Obama dated March 31, 2016, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and The HSUS called for an end to Japan’s commercial whaling and urged the U.S. federal government to take additional steps to address this critical issue.
November 30, 2015
HSI condemned Japan’s resumption of whaling in the Southern Ocean as contrary to the 2014 International Court of Justice judgment that rejected Japan’s claim that such whaling was scientific and thus exempt from the global moratorium on commercial whaling.