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The Problem: 

Whales and dolphins continue to be killed around the world and need our help.  Japan, Iceland, and Norway kill more than 1,000 minke, fin, and other great whale species every year, all for meager sales of whale meat. Thousands of dolphins are still killed every year in Japan and the Solomon Islands for meat, and in Indonesia and Peru for shark bait. Whales and dolphins continue to be captured in Russia, Cuba, and Japan for export to captivity facilities.

Our Action Campaign: 

We have a long history of working within the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to end commercial whaling.  In 1982, we helped pass a moratorium on commercial whaling.  We publish a daily newsletter ECO at IWC meetings, which is the voice for whales and the environmental community.  We work with grassroots groups to educate local fishermen about the need to stop killing dolphins and sharks. And we support the growing efforts for watching wild dolphins and whales rather than killing them. We support community efforts to replace dolphin killing with dolphin tourism in places like the Solomon Islands, and fight to block the import and export to captivity of wild dolphins, belugas and orca whales.

Current Challenges: 

Commercial whaling, undertaken under the guise of “scientific” whaling must be stopped. Japan is planning more illegal whaling in Antarctica, in defiance of the legal ruling against them in the International Court of Justice at the Hague.  Iceland and Norway are also defiant.  We work to stop the import of wild belugas captured in Russia into US captivity facilities, and to blow the whistle on live dolphin exports from the cruel “Cove” drive hunts to places such as Dubai and China.  

PROTECTING DOLPHINS Protecting Dolphins In the Solomon Islands

PROTECTING DOLPHINS Protecting Dolphins In the Solomon Islands

Mark Palmer, June 17, 2015

Staff member Lawrence Makili describes the efforts of working for dolphin protection in this island nation.  Threats to dolphins include the efforts by dolphin traders to capture them for sale to aquariums around the world, and villages that have a long history of killing dolphins both for food and for their teeth.Find Out What You Can Do >

Big Win for Beluga Whales

Big Win for Beluga Whales

Mark Palmer, October 1, 2015

The US Federal court ruled the permit for 18 wild-caught beluga whales caught in Russian waters and proposed for import to the Georgia Aquarium, and Shedd Aquarium is BLOCKED. The Dolphin and Whale Project of Earth Island Institute intervened in the case as a defendent on the side of the US National Marine Fisheries Service which denied issuing the required import permit. "This federal court ruling is a stunning rebuke to every captive whale facility that tries to profit off ripping belugas, orcas and other marine mammals from the wild, despite cruel capture methods and damage to their populations,” stated David Phillips, Director of the International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute.






For years, Peru has outlawed the killing of dolphins. However, some Peruvian fishermen have ignored these laws, often selling dolphin meat in fish markets. In recent years, much larger numbers of dolphins have been found dead in Peruvian waters. Investigations by filmmaker and conservationist Hardy Jones and his group Bluevoice and the environmental organization Mundo Azul have shown that the growing market in Asia for shark fins has led to the slaughter of many more dolphins than in previous years for shark bait.

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