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Whaling nearly drove several species to extinction, so nations agreed to a ban on commercial whaling. But some countries kill thousands of whales every year and are pushing to start full-scale commercial whaling again. Help us make the oceans safe.


“Save the whales” isn’t an old-fashioned idea—whaling is. People don’t need whale products, including meat.

Commercial whaling is intolerably inhumane and unsustainable. Whales face so many other threats: entanglement in debris and fishing gear, chemical and noise pollution, and climate change.

Join our Save Whales Not Whaling campaign and let governments and corporations know you want the slaughter to end for good.


Exposing the Lie of Japan's "Research" Whaling

A global team of researchers using non-lethal methods has learned new facts about the largest marine mammals on the planet—proving that we don't have to kill whales to study them. Let's end Japan's so-called "research" whale hunting.

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News & Events

  • March 31, 2014

    Top UN Court Orders Japan to End Antarctic Whaling

    Statement on the ruling of the International Court of Justice that Japan’s whaling program is a breach of the global whaling moratorium and lacks scientific legitimacy in regard to the quotas set and the numbers taken.

  • December 19, 2012

    The HSUS and Whale and Dolphin Conservation Call on Federal Agency to Take Action to Protect Right Whales

    In the wake of the death of an entangled right whale in waters off the northeastern coast of Florida, The Humane Society of the United States and Whale and Dolphin Conservation urge the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to take several key actions that will better protect right whales.

  • November 30, 2012

    Ryan Reynolds Dishes on "The Whale"

    Read an exclusive conversation with Hollywood superstar Ryan Reynolds about his behind-the-scenes role in the poignant and thought-provoking new documentary "The Whale" and what this remarkable story means to him.

  • November 30, 2012

    A Whale of a Tale

    "The Whale" is a documentary film that tells the story of Luna, an inquisitive, friendly, orca whose life teaches us about the mysterious yet undeniable bond we have with our fellow creatures.

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Our Victories

  • March 31, 2014

    Top UN Court Orders Japan to End Antarctic Whaling

    Statement on the ruling of the International Court of Justice that Japan’s whaling program is a breach of the global whaling moratorium and lacks scientific legitimacy in regard to the quotas set and the numbers taken.

  • February 14, 2014

    On Heels of Major Criminal Bust, Shark Fin Distributors Drop Lawsuit

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently seized 2,000 pounds of illegal shark fins from a San Francisco merchant. That merchant is a part of an association whose members sold and distributed shark fins to restaurants and grocery stores and who had sued the State of California challenging the constitutionality of the state’s ban on the sale and trade of shark fins. In the wake of this major bust, the association has voluntarily dismissed its legal challenge.

  • January 6, 2014

    China Destroys Confiscated Ivory Stockpile

    China, the world’s largest market for ivory products, destroyed 6.1 tons of its confiscated stockpile. The momentous event occurred in Guangzhou, a southern port city and main transit and destination point in the global ivory trade.

  • September 13, 2013

    Remaining Rhino Species Gets Immediate Protection Under U.S. Law

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service immediately listed the southern white rhino as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, giving the species greater protection from poaching. With two or three rhinos poached every day for their horns, conservationists believe that within a few years’ time, there will be no more rhinos in the wild in Africa.

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