The Fight for Whale rights continues!

July 29, 2008 at 9:32 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

I got an email message from WSPA today saying how they had managed to make some major headway in the fight on whaling. They had found that 25% of whales killed in Greenland are sold commercially, resulting in significant profit and exploding the myth that their whaling quotas are purely subsistence based. Here’s what else they said:

Taking the truth to the decision-makers

At the end of June WSPA presented IWC commissioners with compelling evidence providing them with the information necessary to ensure a ‘no’ vote on June 26th from a majority 36 of the 65 voting nations.

This sent a powerful message to Greenland. Its effect was summed up by BBC journalist Richard Black: ‘In all my years at IWC I’ve never seen a report make such a difference to the direction of a meeting.’

WSPA’s Claire Bass commented on the vote from the IWC meeting: ‘This is fantastic news as fewer whales will be cruelly killed. WSPA’s investigation has given the IWC the information it needed to see through the myths of Greenlandic whaling and make the right decision.’

Speaking on the importance of the vote, she added: ‘This is a significant victory in a bigger campaign to end the slaughter of whales globally, and we will continue to work to end the cruelty of whaling.’

This was a ‘thankyou for your support’, email, which I like. Hey, I do what I can. That’s why put these WSPA posts up, it’s my way of making a few more people aware of what’s going on. So here’s another one, read and if you feel strongly about it the go the WSPA website and pledge your support. Go on, it’s worth it, I mean, do you think a whale would hurt you?


Marine Mammals

People around the world recognise whales and dolphins as intelligent, majestic and awe-inspiring creatures. Yet this appreciation doesn’t stop the exploitation of these superb animals for food or human entertainment.

Sadly, whales and dolphins throughout the world have come under increasing attack in 2008.


All available evidence tells us there is no way to hunt and kill whales at sea without causing acute suffering. With no option for humane slaughter, WSPA calls for a stop to all commercial whaling.

Visibility, sea swells and movements of the boat and whale make it impossible to assure a lethal shot at sea. Whales can suffer for up to an hour before they succumb to the harpoons and rifles of the hunters.

We know this is how whales are killed. But we know little about their behaviours, intelligences and social groups under the waves.

WSPA believes that gaining an insight into the lives of whales is essential in understanding the full impacts of the hunts on these animals.

Why isn’t this cruelty banned?

Commercial whaling has been banned for more than twenty years. But some countries – like Norway, Japan and Iceland – continue to hunt whales.

This means around 2,500 whales are still killed every year in cruel and unnecessary hunts that cause intense pain and distress. Their meat is then sold commercially for human consumption.

Working for whale welfare

WSPA works to stop all commercial and scientific whaling by:

• Using diplomacy and public support to raise whale welfare up the agenda of the International Whaling Commission’s annual meeting.

• Supporting and encouraging member societies in both pro- and anti-whaling countries in their campaigns against whaling on welfare grounds.

• Producing reports to back up our welfare claims and perspective with good science.

• Leading the Whalewatch network – a group of NGOs united by an opposition to whaling on welfare grounds. By sharing information and working together we are better able to promote the importance of whale welfare across the globe.

• Asking for help from you. Your support has helped WSPA prove to whaling nations and the IWC that whale welfare is important to the public.

Time to refocus

WSPA is urging the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which was formed to regulate whaling and conserve whale populations, to change its focus away from ‘managing’ how many are killed every year. Instead, we believe the Commission should instead concentrate on protecting whales.

“Our Time to Refocus report sets out our case,” explains Claire Bass, WSPA Marine Mammals Programme Manager. “Twenty years ago the IWC banned commercial whaling, but since then member nations have been locked in unproductive debates about the possible resumption of whaling.

“We want to reframe the debate. Rather than ‘how many whales can be killed sustainably, the key question must be, as whales cannot be killed humanely at sea, should they be hunted at all?”

We hope to see the IWC turn its attention to watching whales, and ‘non-lethal’ research to understand more about their behaviour and the environmental threats they face, such as climate change.

The growing popularity of whale watching provides clear evidence that the public are fascinated by these magnificent sea mammals. From small scale ventures to large scale commercial operations, whale watching is estimated to be a US$1.25 billion industry enjoyed by over 10 million people, in more than 90 countries each year.

WSPA has also published a new report Whaling: defying international commitments to animal welfare?, which asks why humane slaughter guidelines that international bodies accord to farm animals are absent from the whaling debate, when sound research proves there is no way to kill a whale at sea without causing intense suffering.


A similarly ominous fate awaits dolphins taken from the seas to spend their lives in captivity. Gone are their families, their freedom and the ability to travel dozens of miles daily exploring their ocean home. Instead, they are trapped, crammed into small enclosures and forced to override every natural instinct for the entertainment of cheering crowds. The suffering of performing dolphins can go on for decades.

The Case Against Marine Mammals in Captivity (pdf)

Solomon Islands

WSPA has called on the Solomon Islands to put a stop to its cruel dolphin industry and prevent any further capture of wild dolphins.

WSPA Australia and New Zealand Campaigns Manager Heather Potter said the Solomon Islands’ dolphin operation was being run in a very primitive fashion using the most basic of equipment.

“The dolphins are being captured in nets and hauled on board small boats where they are left lying on mattresses while being transported up to three hours to the pens,” she said.

“No studies have been done to determine the impact of these captures on the local dolphin population so it is ecologically irresponsible to catch them. But the capture and keeping in captivity of wild dolphins should also be stopped for humane reasons because of the suffering caused to the animals.”

Captive dolphins in New Zealand

After years of unnatural captivity and isolation from podmates, the one remaining dolphin at Napier Marineland on New Zealand’s north island is sadly close to death.


1 Comment

  1. Cape Town whale watching accommodation said,

    I think whales should be left alone not hurt in any way! I recently also watched a movie called Earthlings, which shows the horrific slaughter of whales and dolphins. What we as humans do to this world is barbaric.

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