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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....

84 pilot whales die in Faroes hunt

84 long-finned pilot whales were killed this weekend in the Faroe Islands during the first hunt of the season. The slaughter took place in the killing bay of Bøur on the island of Vagar.

The meat is distributed amongst the local population despite ongoing concerns about the long-term health implications of eating whale meat. High levels of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and other pollutants are known to accumulate in pilot whales and other cetacean species, as was highlighted by the recent findings concerning the death of the orca Lulu, a member of the Uk’s only resident orca population. In 2008, health officials recommended that the Faroese population cease from eating whale meat, while a health study in 2012 reached a similar conclusion.

WDC continues to engage with local grassroots groups to bring about positive change in the Faroes to end this cruel practice.