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Emergency Petition Seeks to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Vessel Strikes

For Immediate Release, November 1, 2022 WASHINGTON-Conservation groups filed an emergency rulemaking petition with the...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...

Nearly 500 whales die in New Zealand

The number of pilot whales that have died following a mass stranding in New Zealand...

200 pilot whales killed in latest Faroese slaughter

More than 200 pilot whales have been slaughtered in Sandagerði (Torshavn) in the Faroe Islands....

Crowds voice opposition to Taiji dolphin hunts at Japanese Embassy

WDC supporters and volunteers were amongst the crowd of protesters who attended an event at the Japanese Embassy in London on Sept. 1st to mark the start of the dolphin drive hunt season in Taiji. Events were also held to mark the occasion in Taiji itself.

Taiji dolphin hunt protest at Japanese Embassy

The annual hunt, during which hundreds of dolphins are herded into a small cove before being brutally killed by fishermen, has received worldwide condemnation. In addition to those dolphins killed in the hunt, others are removed and sold to the captivity industry to be displayed in marine parks in Japan and other countries.

A few months ago, the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) was forced to tell its members to stop obtaining dolphins from Taiji after the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) threatened JAZA with expulsion over the issue.

WDC is continuing our campaign to get airlines to stop transporting those dolphins sold to marine parks overseas and help end this cruel practice.

Find out more about dolphin drive hunts

Crowd outside Japanese embassy