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 Iceland, Norway and Japan – 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.