Whales are magnificent creatures. Well known for their intelligence and tender nature, they are iconic representatives of marine biodiversity. Yet corrupt and reckless practices still threaten whales today. To ensure we have healthy and diverse oceans, we need to protect the ocean’s gentle giants.
Whalers have hunted one whale population after another, moving from species to species as populations declined from exploitation. In 1986 the International Whaling Commission implemented a moratorium on commercial whaling that revived many whale populations. Yet whales continue to be hunted by three countries, and face numerous other threats from overfishing to climate change. Find out more
Commercial whaling – in all its forms – must be permanently brought to an end. Greenpeace is working within Japan, where the decision to end Japan’s controversial whaling operations will ultimately be made. We’re also campaigning for the International Whaling Commission to be turned into a true whale conservation body. Finally, our work to end overfishing, marine destruction and climate change, strives to protect the world’s whales. Find out more
The corrupt and controversial whaling industry is on its last legs, and now is the time to ramp up pressure in Japan. Two Greenpeace activists known as 'The Tokyo Two' were convicted after exposing corruption in the Japanese whaling industry. Their case has been vital in bringing unprecedented pressure on the government to end whaling. While we’re appealing their conviction, tell Japan’s Foreign Minister that you want justice for the Tokyo Two and the world’s whales.
Power remains highly concentrated in many sectors, from banking to the retail food industry. This aggregation of control should be scrutinised.
Two activists from Greenpeace Japan face trial and a potential ten year prison sentence for exposing a scandal striking at the heart of Japan's government whaling operation.
On 19 March 2009, whales supporters joined Greenpeace at a peaceful vigil outside the Japanese embassy in Canberra, Australia.
We called for an end to whaling and justice for Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki. These two Japanese Greenpeace...
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