In pictures: Over 30 years of anti-whaling campaigning

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Feature Story - 1 April, 2014
For over 30 years, we've been standing together against whaling and senseless ocean destruction.

A sperm whale

The International Court of Justice has just ruled no more permits for Japan's "scientific whaling"! The court voted overwhelmingly that the size and scope of Japan's whaling program was not driven by scientific considerations. Therefore all permits must be cancelled and no new ones issued.

We have been campaigning against whaling since the seventies and this court case reminds me of all the dramatic images in our archive that our photographers took over the decades from the beginnings in the Pacific Ocean to our direct actions in the Southern Ocean.

Greenpeace crew member Michael Baily blockades a Russian harpoon ship in a Zodiac during the first anti-whaling campaign 1976 in the Pacific Ocean.© Greenpeace / Rex Weyler

Greenpeace crew member Michael Baily blockades a Russian harpoon ship in a Zodiac during the first anti-whaling campaign 1976 in the Pacific Ocean.© Greenpeace / Rex Weyler

Greenpeace protest against factory ship Nisshin Maru in the  Southern Ocean in 1992.© Greenpeace / Robin Culley

Greenpeace protest against factory ship Nisshin Maru in the  Southern Ocean in 1992.© Greenpeace / Robin Culley

 Greenpeace activist on ropes of Japanese whaling ship "Nisshin Maru". Greenpeace occupies the whaler in protest of the Japanese whaling policy in 1998.© Greenpeace / Martial Dosdane

Greenpeace activist on ropes of Japanese whaling ship "Nisshin Maru". Greenpeace occupies the whaler in protest of the Japanese whaling policy in 1998.© Greenpeace / Martial Dosdane

Greenpeace action trying to prevent the  transfer of caught whale from catcher ship to factory ship in the Southern Ocean in 1999.© Greenpeace / John Cunningham

Greenpeace action trying to prevent the  transfer of caught whale from catcher ship to factory ship in the Southern Ocean in 1999.© Greenpeace / John Cunningham

Greenpeace inflatable hooks on to a Japanese whaling boat while it is pulling a caught whale on board 2000.© Greenpeace / John Cunningham

Greenpeace inflatable hooks on to a Japanese whaling boat while it is pulling a caught whale on board 2000.© Greenpeace / John Cunningham

Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza and the MY Arctic Sunrise (in background) and their inflatables try to hinder the transfer of a dead minke whale from the Japanese whaling fleet catcher ship Kyo Maru No.1 to the Nisshin Maru factory ship in 2005.© Greenpeace / Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza and the MY Arctic Sunrise (in background) and their inflatables try to hinder the transfer of a dead minke whale from the Japanese whaling fleet catcher ship Kyo Maru No.1 to the Nisshin Maru factory ship in 2005.© Greenpeace / Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Greenpeace witnesses the killing of whales in the Southern Ocean by the Yushin Maru and the Kyo Maru No.1 ships of the Japanese whaling fleet, and the transfer of the whales to the Nisshin Maru factory ship in 2005.© Greenpeace / Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Greenpeace witnesses the killing of whales in the Southern Ocean by the Yushin Maru and the Kyo Maru No.1 ships of the Japanese whaling fleet, and the transfer of the whales to the Nisshin Maru factory ship in 2005.© Greenpeace / Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza and her inflatables , try to hinder the shooting and eventual transfer of a minke whale by the Yushin Maru No.2 catcher ship in 2005.© Greenpeace / Kate Davison

Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza and her inflatables , try to hinder the shooting and eventual transfer of a minke whale by the Yushin Maru No.2 catcher ship in 2005.© Greenpeace / Kate Davison

Whale secured alongside the Yushin Maru No.2 catcher ship from the Japanese whaling fleet in 2005.© Greenpeace / Kate Davison

Whale secured alongside the Yushin Maru No.2 catcher ship from the Japanese whaling fleet in 2005.© Greenpeace / Kate Davison

Greenpeace documents and disrupts the continued whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in 2006.© Greenpeace / Kate Davison

Greenpeace documents and disrupts the continued whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in 2006.© Greenpeace / Kate Davison

A Greenpeace inflatable boat tries to prevent the Japanese whaling fleet's factory ship, the Nisshin Maru from refueling from the supply vessel Oriental Bluebird in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in 2008.© Greenpeace / Jiri Rezac

A Greenpeace inflatable boat tries to prevent the Japanese whaling fleet's factory ship, the Nisshin Maru from refueling from the supply vessel Oriental Bluebird in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in 2008.© Greenpeace / Jiri Rezac

Humpback Whale.© Scott Portelli / Greenpeace

Humpback Whale.© Scott Portelli / Greenpeace

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