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Reward Offered in Whale Killing in New Jersey

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally shooting a whale who later washed up on a Monmouth County beach.

According to the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration , on Sept. 24, a short-finned pilot whale washed up on the beach at Allenhurst. The whale died shortly after being found on the beach. A necropsy revealed that the whale had been shot in the jaw, causing an infection that left the animal unable to eat. The whale was nearly 300 pounds underweight and it is believed that the injury could have been as old as a month.

“The appallingly callous actions of the person or persons responsible for this crime caused this animal to suffer immensely and die a slow death,” said Kathy Schatzmann, New Jersey state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States thanks NOAA for investigating.” 

Whales are protected by the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act. The perpetrator or perpetrators could face up to a year in prison and up to $100,000 fine.


  • Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals come to the attention of law enforcement.
  • Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
  • The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $2,500 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

The Investigators:
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call NOAA Special Agent Mathew Gilmore at 732-280-6490 or NOAA’s national hotline 1-800-853-1964. Callers may remain anonymous.

The HSUS and HSWLT work to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information. 


The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org.

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Since 1993 the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, alone or in partnership with other conservation groups, has participated in the protection of more than 1.8 million acres of wildlife habitat in 38 states, and eight foreign countries. On all properties owned by the Trust or protected by the Trust's conservation easement, both here and abroad, we prohibit recreational and commercial hunting and trapping and restrict logging and development. The Trust's commitment to these principles will never change as we continue to assist caring landowners to make their property permanent, safe homes for wildlife. Join our online community at wildlifelandtrust.org.