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Stop Whaling

Whaling is cruel and unnecessary and must stop. Commercial whaling is banned. Trade in whale products is forbidden and demand is falling. Yet, every year, Japan, Norway and Iceland kill around 1,500 whales between them. There is no humane way to kill a whale at sea. Many die a slow, painful death. This slaughter is pointless.

Whaling harpoon
Whaling harpoon

We NEED your support to help us STOP WHALING

Whaling has a devastating impact on the whale communities left behind. Did you know that whales help us fight climate change, so killing whales is bad news for us humans too.

WDC is working on three key areas to stop whaling for good.


1. Fighting to stop whaling in Europe, Japan and around the world

  • Participating in international meetings where decisions are made about the future of whaling to stop commercial whaling operations and put the protection and conservation of all whales and dolphins on the top of governments agendas
  • Cutting supply routes by calling on the EU to ban the transit of whale meat through its ports
  • Attending meetings of the International Whaling Commission to maintain the moratorium (ban) on commercial whaling
  • Continuing to expose illegal sales of whale meat and have these operations shut down

2. Reducing demand for whale meat

  • Persuading tourists not to eat whale meat while on holiday in places like Iceland and Norway
  • Educating communities about the health risks of eating whale meat

3. Educating communities about whale watching as an alternative

  • Working to help local communities set up whale watching operations as a way of generating income rather than by killing whales

WDC has been fighting for an end to whaling for more than 20 years. Some recent successes include:

  • The EU Parliament voted in favour of stopping whale meat being moved through EU ports after pressure from WDC and colleagues. We now need to turn this into a legal ban
  • WDC recently exposed the illegal online sale of whale meat products from Japan to overseas customers. The meat was withdrawn from sale
  • WDC has long fought for an end to commercial fin whale hunting. WDC and its partners successfully petitioned the US government to impose diplomatic sanctions against Iceland to address Iceland's commercial fin whaling


  • £/$ 10 will help us continue our campaign to persuade the EU to say ‘no’ to a free-trade agreement with Japan
  • £/$ 15 will help our campaign for a ban on the transit of whale meat between countries
  • £/$ 50 will continue to work undercover to stop whale meat being sold illegally
  • £/$ 30 will help us continue our work to help establish a new whale sanctuary in the Southern Atlantic between South America and the west coast of Africa; a protected area for whales and dolphins to live free from the dangers that humans inflict on them every day
  • £/$ 100 will help us work at the highest diplomatic levels to ensure the ban on commercial whaling is kept firmly in place

Astrid Fuchs leads WDC's international Stop Whaling team. Astrid's background is in European environmental law and she represents WDC in various international assemblies such as the International Whaling Commission and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Astrid has been active in animal rights and conservation since school and started working with WDC in 2005 as a volunteer at the Scottish Dolphin Centre.