Whale Conservation

Whales face more threats today than at any other time in history—from hunting, ship strikes, fishing gear entanglements, global warming, and even ship sonar. Yet Japan, Iceland and Norway continue to thwart a worldwide prohibition on commercial whaling, using self-granted permits to conduct lethal scientific research and by exempting themselves from the ban. More than 30,000 whales have been killed and their meat sold commercially since the International Whaling Commission (IWC) prohibited commercial whaling in 1986.

Efforts to close the whaling moratorium loopholes at the IWC have resulted in a stalemate between the pro- and anti-whaling camps for more than a decade. That is far too long, and too many whales have been killed in the interim. We need to close these loopholes and protect the many species of whales that are threatened with extinction.
Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information, view the materials below and visit the Pew Whale Conservation Project campaign.


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